Lower Pine Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Lower Pine Creek Waterfall Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

This fun hike takes you to a beautiful pond and 15-foot waterfall on Pine Creek. Boulder-hopping or wading is required. The trail is not maintained or listed on any park maps, but it is easy to find and follow. The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek is the first (bottom) switchback. Pine Creek flows year-round and comes from a spring near the base of the Great Arch. Seasonal runoff can increase the flow dramatically. You'll have to cross Pine Creek a couple of times. Most people will be able to jump from rock to rock and keep their feet dry. Keep an eye out for tadpoles and other critters in the stream. Right before the large waterfall are a couple of ponds that are big enough to swim in. Lower Pine Creek Falls is about 15 feet tall. The pond at the base of the falls is knee to waist deep.

Short fun hike involving fording the river and scrambling over rocks. Couldn’t quite make it to the waterfall.

1 month ago

Completed this on 12/23/18. Fun rock scramble, waterfall easily accessible and actively flowing at a good rate at the end with gorgeous views looking up at the sheer rock faces.

2 months ago

Not long, but lots of fun climbing over boulders and watching the steep mountain sides change color in the late afternoon light. Couldn't see the waterfall, but who cares--was an enjoyable hour plus just looking around. I'm sure it's busy in the season, but this Dec day, we had it to ourselves.

2 months ago

We visited in late November and this little trail was one of our favorites. It’s not particular well marked, and you have to scramble across the stream on rocks a couple of times to make it all the way to the waterfall, but definitely worth it. Very quiet and beautiful. We had kids along (ages 5-10) and a couple sections were more challenging for them, but if you take your time you’ll be fine.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun trail. We hiked it late October and it was a little difficult to navigate. We did have to climb over rocks in a tight space to get to the waterfall in lieu of getting in the cold water. This is a short but moderately challenging hike.

3 months ago

This trail was so much fun! Yes, challenging around the rocks, but not impossible. I was wearing a dress and running shoes. It worked just fine.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice quick trail with a great waterfall at the end. However, navigating over the rocks was trickier than we thought, so not all of us were able to make it to the waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing!! Hidden gem. We had it to ourselves and went down the rock water slide, swam in the pools and had a blast. We had small kids with and it was a lot to navigate but they did great we just went slow. So beautiful! Do be aware of flooding. It’s obvious flash floods get serious on this trail.

5 months ago

Easy and quick hike, and a hidden gem! We did it after observation point, it was the perfect little hike to end our day. Beautiful, not a lot of people, and super fun!

hiking
5 months ago

What a great little hidden gem! If you’re taking the Zion shuttle, get off at Canyon Junction (stop 3) and walk up the side of the road away from the Visitors Center. This is an unmarked trail that starts at a parking lot just before the road turns into the series of switchbacks.

Follow the dirt path a short distance and you’ll start seeing some small boulders to navigate over. Once inside, you’ll see a beautiful little pool and waterfall that you’ll likely have all to yourself. It’s a quiet escape from the crowded park.

We did notice some cat prints, so keep an eye out for wildlife, especially early in the morning.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect little hike along the creek to the waterfall. Pretty easy to get to but far enough away from the crowds. We swam at the waterfall and had the place to ourselves the whole time we were there.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike to a waterfall! We did this trail in the afternoon labor day weekend while the park was packed with visitors and we only saw two other groups of hikers while out there. You can slide down the rocks under the waterfall into the pool below it. It was a little weird getting there but just follow the creak until you get to the waterfall (left side of the creek seemed the easier way of getting up there; right side was a lot of rock hopping and climbing). There are is a pond about 100 yards before the waterfall that you can jump into from the cliffs (8-10 ft. jump and water is pretty deep in the middle but check first!)

hiking
5 months ago

I would say this is one well kept secret of Zion NP! After hiking Angel's Landing, this hike was perfect to cool off in the summer heat. It is an easy hike, although the trail is not very well marked. We hiked here two days in a row, the first day was during the busiest part of the day and I kid you not there was a family of 30 people all screaming and jumping off of rocks (not so fun). The next day we hiked here much earlier and it was just us, enjoying the beautiful view of the canyons from above the waterfall. I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants a break from the Zion crowds!

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely worth it! Less known and less crowded than the other hikes. Saw a great herd of bighorn sheep on the way. A great place to cool off with some fun rock climbing and rocks to jump off of into the pools.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. A little tricky in a few areas but well worth the adventure! Amazing pic opportunities and the water felt amazing!

nature trips
7 months ago

Loved it. Very peaceful when children not present. Had a group but they only stayed for 30 min. Definitely some scrambling involved. Saw some people Boulder to the right, tall peeps will be fine, short peeps should go left and then cross water, you don’t need to get wet - there are rocks to step in. Took a nap and read with the beautiful sounds of the fall. Highly recommend, not very many people.

hiking
7 months ago

Great short hike to a beautiful waterfall. one area on the trail is pretty hard to get past. have to wade in the water to the others bank and climb up to a shelf that is about 15 feet above the creek. you will most likely have the place to yourself after this point. the trail is easy after that. Had the place to our selves for three hours.

8 months ago

Short hike, not very many people. It's actually a double waterfall, the top one pours in what looked like a little pool area where some high school/college age kids were hanging out/swimming. There's also a beautiful pond and many places to swim if you wanted to!

8 months ago

Nice alternative to the busier trails at Zion. Pretty quiet, although some college-aged kids were lounging out there for the day. Little bit tricky to figure out best way to get to falls, but worth it when you do.

hiking
9 months ago

On the shorter side of a hike but I love walking creek-side trails. Gorgeous views of towering formations surrounding you. Mostly you and mother nature; didn't see anyone until we came back by the bridge.

10 months ago

We loved it except at one point it seemed that we could not go any farther. We thought we somehow missed the trail and went back. Then when there seemed to be no other trail, we decided to try again. We followed the river pretty much the whole way and near the end there is a spot where the walls are around 6 feet high and the water is beautiful but up to 4 feet deep, and it seems you can’t get through without swimming. After about 30 minutes of searching, my son found that on the left hand side you can climb up the wall and walk on the side to continue forward to the waterfall. It was beautiful, but definitely a difficult trail for little kids, as there is a lot of scrambling over boulders. My 7 year old needed quite a bit of help and was dismayed when she fell in the water several times.
Other people who we talked to afterwords found a trail that led to the top of the waterfall. I would guess that would be easier because you are not climbing over so many boulders. The view from the bottom was great though!

11 months ago

Fun hike! Not a park maintained trail but TH is marked. No people! Quiet except for running stream.

hiking
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Trail is pretty easy to navigate and doable in Tevas.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

beautiful! so worth the hike.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Best thing ever on a 105 degree day!

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Nice find on a hot 108 degree day at a locals suggestion. Easiest route includes a brief swim through a cool mountain pool.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Didn't see a waterfall during hot summer, must have taken a wrong turn? But a face to face with male deer made up for it

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice walk. Didn't make it to the final destination (the large fall) because I wasn't prepared to walk thru some water today. I think I missed the correct way to get up to the large rocks at the first pool area to enable me to continue on to the falls. Oh well, enjoyed the majority of the trail anyway.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

short easy stroll from the trail head! it's still beautiful nonetheless! a few boulders to scramble at the end but nothing crazy! Walked this trail at 6pm and had the trail and the fall all to myself

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dogs are not allowed.

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