Lost Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews

Lost Creek Falls Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Lost Creek Falls is an out and back trail located in Provo Canyon. The trailhead is just off of Highway 189 and it is a easy-moderate hike to the waterfall. This trail is not very well known as it is overshadowed by Bridal Veil Falls. Avoid in winter and early spring as avalanches are frequent.

hiking
1 month ago

camping
1 month ago

Beautiful but treacherous! We had a hard time finding the parking lot. We ended up parking at Nunn's park, taking Great Western Trail, and then going right where that trail ends. Keep walking until you see the graffiti shack and turn left. This does add some time but worth it if you can't find the parking. The beginning of the trail is steep, but don't let that disappoint you. Once you reach the river you mostly fall it up the whole way. The trail will end and you'll have to climb up the the river the rest of the way. It's unclear which waterfall is the "one". You can pretty much keep hiking until you're out of your comfort zone as it does get pretty steep and you're hiking up lose gravel. Be prepared for your shoes to get wet as you hobble across the river. Overall it was a great hike, definitely challenging at times...save your ankles and wear something supportive. Didn't see a single soul the whole 3 1/2 hrs it took.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Absolutely the worst "trail" I've been on in Utah county. It's a steep incline most of the way, and looks like an old service road. You hear traffic and see graffiti on the way. This was anything but natural and peaceful. Ugly, boring, and did not pay off. Go somewhere else; there are so many more beautiful and fun options around! Skip this, unless you are with someone you don't like...then take them.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

this was a fun little hike! it was hard to find at first. the trail head is a little dirt road RIGHT across from bridal veil falls. you have to pass bridal veil then make a U-turn. you have to go past the "road closed"sign on for them about an 1/8 mile up, you see that shed in the pictures. Follow that road up the mountain. it's very steep here with little shade in the morning and early afternoon. You'll reach a point where there is a bit of a fork with a water hate to the right. Stay left with the trail. You will reach the river. it was flowing really well! once you get to the river, just stay along the river. the trail map says to cross it but that trail leads to nothing. just follow the trail up the river and there will be beautiful flowers are some cool falls coming off the cliffs. not very big, but still fun!
This was a beautiful hole and we were the only ones on it (it's the Fourth of July!!!). the river keep the trail nice and cool once we reached it, and my 2 year old nephew has a lot of fun (riding on Dad's back). all in all we took about 2 hours to go up, have fun, come back down. I'd say the first part is really tough but once you reach the river, it's great!!! it's a great little hike for families and just getting back into shape.

hiking
2 months ago

To get to the bigger and prettier falls we had to scramble along the creek bed, which was a bit sketchy on the slippery rocks sometimes. Super fun. A challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The first time I tried it I was on the right path but then realized I wasn't following the trail as it's shown on AllTrails. So I went back down before reaching the falls only to be disappointed that the marked trail here just dead-ends. The second attempt I reached the falls. Lots of bouldering and loose rocks to reach the actual falls. The first attempt I only saw 4 other hikers as I was coming down. The second time I saw no one.

3 months ago

Really nice hike...very quiet, no other hikers when we went...serene

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Lost Creek Falls is a short and steep day hike best left to experienced hikers. The parking area is not obvious, but hit "DIRECTIONS" from within the AllTrails app and then Google Maps will take you to the correct place. When you reach the turn in the trail (where it crosses the creek), instead of following the trail to a dead end, continue following the creek until you reach the falls or don't want to hike anymore. I reached a waterfall just above the 6068 contour line. Watch out for snakes! I encountered a massive one nearby the waterfall (see picture).

Also, if you do follow the trail where it bends, as suggested by the official route, you will find an impressive fire pit overlooking Bridal Veil Falls.

Overall, good hike. But if you are looking for a waterfall hike, I recommend more Bridal Veil Falls Trail for a short hike and Stewart Falls Trail for a longer hike.

3 months ago

great hike without a lot of people on the trail. starts steep but then as you walk up the river it becomes a gradual incline. pretty creek to explore--no major waterfalls just lots of little falls.

3 months ago

Loved it! Bring good hiking boots if you want to hike up the river to avoid bad ankle twists.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is somewhat short, steep, and undefined at times, but that can be a good thing. The waterfall at the top is way cooler than pictures can show, as the whole area near the top is full of falls and cool things. When we got to the falls we were past the red line on the map that turned to the right. To get to the falls just follow the creek until you get to the top.

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4 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Took the family up here today and we loved it! It was steep but totally worth it. The creek was awesome. Not too cold yet either! We did feel like the hike could have ended once you get past the creek and to the little rock couch area. It's about 1.2 miles round trip that way. We hiked past it to the end and there wasn't much there and the trail is a bit washed away. The trailhead isn't marked but if you follow the map it's on the left hand side when you go up Provo Canyon. It's a small gravel road with a small dirt parking area. You just walk up the gravel road past the gate and head upwards once you see a small maintenance shack with graffiti all over it.