Squaw Creek Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marsing, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and bird watching.

Length1.0 miElevation gain101 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingRock climbingBird watchingViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyOff trailNo shade
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This trail parallels Squaw Creek up a narrow slot canyon in the Owyhee Front near Marsing. Note: The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context. Indigenous activists have continued to work both locally and in more general educational efforts, to rename the locations across North America that contain the slur, as well as to eliminate the slur from the lexicon in general. See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#Efforts_to_rename_placenames_and_terms_with_squaw_in_them

The nearest facilities are at the intersection of Highways 55 and 95 west of Marsing.

BLM Idaho Owyhee Office (208) 896-5912

Bring shoes and socks that you don't mind getting wet, as you'll have to walk up a small portion of the creek and then cross it again to enter the slot canyon. Be careful when crossing, as many of the rocks are covered in slippery algae. As usual, watch out for dangerous wildlife native to the Owyhees. Hiking poles are helpful, especially to check depth/grip when crossing the creek. Poison ivy grows around the creek - know how to identify it and avoid it.

This route prioritizes avoiding private property off of Sommer Camp Road - only AWD/4WD vehicles with medium to high clearance should attempt it. -From the intersection of Highways 55 and 95 west of Marsing, drive south on Highway 95 for 6.2 miles -Turn left onto the dirt siding that eventually narrows and parallels Highway 95 (this is the former grade of the highway) -Continue 1.7 miles until a hairpin turn branches off up to the left -Turn left onto the hairpin and follow the road up and over a ridge, then down the other side -At 0.7 miles, turn right (east), crossing under a power line -Park anywhere along this road or follow it until you see the creek and canyon entrance -Follow a primitive trail down the hill and cross the creek at a shallow point to find the trailhead, near the building foundation left behind by the Boy Scouts

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Chip Harper
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I started at a parking area just past Squaw creek and Sommer Camp road. Make sure to close the gates as there is cattle in the area. The fist .75 mile is mostly 4wd road and could be driven with a higher clearance vehicle. Once you get to the canyon the trail becomes single track and at times is difficult to find. This is not your typical groomed trail hike. You will get wet if you are doing this hike in late winter early spring. You will be crossing the water multiple times, sometimes it is just best to walk up the water, scrambling up rocks and small waterfalls and working your way through brush. I made it up past the last largest waterfall after climbing the rocks next them and scrambling back down to the creek. I was able to get my dog down with me, but had to lift her down and back up. Not much above the last waterfall but there is a way to get out of the canyon if needed. Warning - I was there on a warm day in early March. There were Mormon Crickets hatching and were covering most of the path and road as you head to the canyon. You will be stepping on them and they will get on your shoes/legs if you stop. I also found a couple ticks on me(my dog is treated for bugs) so be prepared with bug spray.

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Randy Lav
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janeth woodworth
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Beautiful canyon I didn’t finish because my feet were frozen from crossed the creek several times. I parked and took the right road and walk 1/2 mile on the public land all the way to the canyon until the priva property fence ends and went down to the creek

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Katie Burt
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Katie Burt
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Katie Burt
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Summer-Tyme Townsend
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Rock climbingFloodedGreat!MuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky

It was overgrown and there’s no real trail anymore. We kinda had to make our own trail to get to the canyon and water.

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Keery Thomas
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The trail was fine until we got to the barbed wire fence. it looked brand new and went from the creek bed across the trail and straight up the mountain. we couldnt find a way around it. it was not posted but the gate was cabled shut with large wires. Does anyone know why it's all fenced off?

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Rose Noel
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Nature tripsNo shadeOff trailRocky

People fail to tell people which map to use because Apple said one whereas Google said another

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Chip Harper
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Jessica Skollingsberg
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The trail was in pretty good condition on July 24th, there is a lot of poison ivy and a lot of really big thistles. We didn’t go very far because I took my kiddos at 8 pm so we wanted to be sure we would be able to get out before dark so we went just past the first waterfall then headed back out. Drive my outback through the creek to get to the trailhead and it was fine.

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Bryce Thorne
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We had to ditch the car about a mile away because we weren't confident we'r could cross the stream. The trail from there on foot was pretty good. In the canyon the trail got a little rough and partly overgrown. I found it easier walk the creek in my water shoes. The waterfall was pretty neat not very high and just a small shallow swimming hole. overall we enjoyed the hike.

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Jeffery Holderness
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HikingBugsNo shade

So much fun! Wife and I did it with 3 kids under 6. Crickets were out in abundance. Trial head is tough to get to without a truck so we parked and walked the road to the trailhead about a 1/4 mile. lots of fun. Will do it again! Kids loved the water! You do have to cross the stream a few times so prepare to get wet.

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Nick Lewis
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Getting back to the third waterfall was tough but worth it. No snakes but plenty of big crickets. If you don’t like bugs, don’t go right now.

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Marianne Zacharias
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HikingFlooded

Well, sadly we weren’t able to get to the trailhead. 3 minute drive away and the road that crosses over the creek was flooded and washed out. Another time.

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Lisa Barker
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Nice wide open trail with neat rock formations. No shade and wouldn’t recommend for kids or dogs as we came across a rattlesnake on the trail.

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Travis Pol
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

Girlfriend and I went out with the dogs and had a blast finding the trail head. Watch out for poison Ivy and bring shoes you plan on getting wet.

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