Battle Creek Falls

Mt Timpanogos / Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA

About Battle Creek Falls


Hiking Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2017-05-28
Date last visited: 2017-05-28

Waterfall Latitude: 40.36737
Waterfall Longitude: -111.69287

Battle Creek Falls was a pleasing 50ft plunging waterfall near the base of the west side of Mt Timpanogos.

It was a short but sweet excursion where the whole family was able to partake and enjoy the experience without much drama.

Battle_Creek_Falls_074_05282017 - Battle Creek Falls
Battle Creek Falls

In addition to the waterfall itself, we were also able to get nice views towards Utah Lake and Pleasant Grove while also checking out the attractive cliffs and protrusions seen throughout the hike.

There was more to the Battle Creek Trail further upstream beyond the falls, but we were just content to enjoy the waterfall’s cool spray on a day that turned out to be quite warm for the Salt Lake City area.

Obviously with its accessibility, we saw firsthand that it was quite the popular excursion, especially for those families bringing their kids along.

Perhaps my only regret with making our visit to this falls was that we were looking against the sun when we showed up in the morning.

Battle_Creek_Falls_065_05282017 - Looking down towards Utah Lake and Pleasant Grove from the top of Battle Creek Falls
Looking down towards Utah Lake and Pleasant Grove from the top of Battle Creek Falls

Since the falls faced west, it would definitely get better lighting much later in the day.

Battle Creek Falls Trail Description – from the trailhead to the sudden appearance of Battle Creek

The trail began from a spacious (albeit rocky) unpaved parking area in front of Kiwanis Park (see directions below).

There were quite a few walking paths to choose from, but the correct trail ascended to the right of the Kiwanis Park path (i.e. don’t go into the park).

From there, we pretty much followed an obvious trail that meandered alongside a dry Battle Creek.

Battle_Creek_Falls_017_05282017 - Entering the canyon containing Battle Creek where the creek itself was dry at the start of the hike
Entering the canyon containing Battle Creek where the creek itself was dry at the start of the hike

At roughly 0.4 miles from the trailhead, we reached some kind of diversion structure where Battle Creek fell into what could be underground pipes just downstream from an intermediate cascade.

This contraption was the very reason why Battle Creek was dry up to this point.

From this point forward, the trail climbed alongside the music of rushing water from Battle Creek.

Battle Creek Falls Trail Description – descending to the base of the waterfall

Shortly after crossing a footbridge over Battle Creek, the trail then narrowed and climbed some more.

Battle_Creek_Falls_039_05282017 - Tahia about to cross a bridge over Battle Creek
Tahia about to cross a bridge over Battle Creek

However, the terrain in this stretch was loose shale so we had to keep an eye out on our daughter to ensure she didn’t have a misstep.

In this stretch, there was a little alcove or “cave”, which was pretty small and acted merely as a photo opportunity.

Just a few minutes beyond that “cave”, the ascending trail then had some rubber mat to help with maintaining traction on the trail in the presence of all that loose dirt and shale.

At the same time, there was a trail descending to the right that led directly to the base of the shady and cool confines of Battle Creek Falls.

Battle_Creek_Falls_047_05282017 - Julie and Tahia making the ascent on loose scree towards the Battle Creek Falls
Julie and Tahia making the ascent on loose scree towards the Battle Creek Falls

While it was a nice spot to relax and enjoy the falls, the embankments here were steep so it was not easy to get all the way up to the falls’ base nor get too high up the embankments.

Battle Creek Falls Trail Description – ascending to the top of the waterfall

Continuing on the main trail (and taking advantage of the rubber mats for traction), I was able to get a nice full profile view down towards Battle Creek Falls.

The trail then bent to the right leading right up to the top of the falls.

From this vantage point, I was able to get even more satisfying views back towards Utah Lake and Pleasant Grove.

Battle_Creek_Falls_058_05282017 - Profile view looking down towards Battle Creek Falls as the trail continued towards its top
Profile view looking down towards Battle Creek Falls as the trail continued towards its top

As stated earlier, even though the trail continued further upstream, this was my turning point.

Overall, this trail was about 1.2 miles round trip gaining about 400ft in elevation, and it took us less than an hour away from the car.

With so little exertion and time investment, no wonder why it was so popular with families!

Authorities

Battle Creek Falls resides in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Pleasant Grove in Utah County, Utah. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Battle_Creek_Falls_018_05282017 - Starting on the hike to Battle Creek Falls as we entered the mouth of the canyon towered over by attractive cliffs
Battle_Creek_Falls_026_05282017 - Julie and Tahia on the Battle Creek Trail after it rounded a bend. That was when we saw an attractive snowy mountain way in the distance so we knew there had to be runoff onto Battle Creek even though the creek had been dry so far in the hike
Battle_Creek_Falls_029_05282017 - Julie and Tahia passing by this somewhat open area along the Battle Creek Trail with a snowy mountain in the distance (possibly Mt Timpanogos)
Battle_Creek_Falls_031_05282017 - Julie and Tahia faithfully continuing on the Battle Creek Trail even though the creek itself had been dry up to this point
Battle_Creek_Falls_033_05282017 - This was the contraption that was responsible for Battle Creek being dry further downstream. From this point forward, we knew that Battle Creek Falls should be flowing
Battle_Creek_Falls_034_05282017 - Julie and Tahia on the Battle Creek Trail as it started to climb a bit more steeply after the diversion contraption
Battle_Creek_Falls_042_05282017 - Looking towards some kind of reddish flowers along the Battle Creek Trail
Battle_Creek_Falls_045_05282017 - Beyond the bridge over Battle Creek, the trail ascended steeply along mostly loose rock and scree
Battle_Creek_Falls_132_05282017 - Tahia sitting before a little alcove or 'cave' seen along the steep ascent up to Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_048_05282017 - Higher on the ascending Battle Creek Trail, we noticed some kind of rubbery 'rug' or 'mat' that helped with the traction
Battle_Creek_Falls_051_05282017 - Further up the Battle Creek Trail, this rubber mat continued to help with the steeper parts to improve traction where the steep trail could have been very slippery due to loose dirt and shale
Battle_Creek_Falls_050_05282017 - At the same time, Julie and Tahia followed this spur trail down to the base of Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_078_05282017 - Looking directly up at Battle Creek Falls before the morning sun starting to breach its brink
Battle_Creek_Falls_082_05282017 - Right at the base of Battle Creek Falls literally moments before the morning sun was about to breach its top and cause us to look directly against it
Battle_Creek_Falls_085_05282017 - Another look from the base of Battle Creek Falls with a dog enjoying its spray
Battle_Creek_Falls_098_05282017 - Standing right up at the base of the Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_106_05282017 - Context of Battle Creek Falls and some of the cliffs around it as seen right from its base
Battle_Creek_Falls_108_05282017 - Julie and Tahia enjoying Battle Creek just downstream of the falls while tall cliffs towered over us
Battle_Creek_Falls_116_05282017 - Julie and Tahia starting to make their way back up from the Battle Creek Falls and then ultimately back to the trailhead
Battle_Creek_Falls_055_05282017 - Looking down at the profile of Battle Creek Falls as I continued to hike towards its top
Battle_Creek_Falls_063_05282017 - Context of the trail leading to the top of Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_064_05282017 - Impressive cliffs as the canyon closed in around Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_066_05282017 - This was the view back towards Utah Lake from the top of Battle Creek Falls
Battle_Creek_Falls_117_05282017 - Julie and Tahia descending the Battle Creek Trail with Utah Lake in the distance
Battle_Creek_Falls_120_05282017 - Julie and Tahia descending alongside the talus slope of Battle Creek Trail with Utah Lake in the distance
Battle_Creek_Falls_137_05282017 - Looking back over the man-made contraption where Battle Creek disappeared into a diversion weir
Battle_Creek_Falls_139_05282017 - As we were headed back to the trailhead, we saw quite a few people making their way up to Battle Creek Falls so it was definitely popular
Battle_Creek_Falls_142_05282017 - Tahia and Julie continuing to make their return hike from Battle Creek Falls as we were nearing the trailhead
Battle_Creek_Falls_144_05282017 - Julie and Tahia back at the trailhead parking for Battle Creek Falls and the Kiwanis Park

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To reach Battle Creek Falls from downtown Salt Lake City, we went west towards one of the on-ramps for the I-15 heading south.

We then drove on the I-15 South for roughly 32 miles before taking the Pleasant Grove Drive exit (exit 275).

Battle_Creek_Falls_002_05282017 - Looking back towards the E 200 S. Road leading to Kiwanis Park and the Battle Creek Trailhead
Looking back towards the E 200 S. Road leading to Kiwanis Park and the Battle Creek Trailhead

Then, we turned left onto Pleasant Grove Drive and drove for the next 2.2 miles to S 100 E (Pleasant Grove Drive became Center St after passing State St or US89 at 1.5 miles from the freeway exit).

Turning right onto S 100 E, we drove 0.2 miles to E 200 S.

Turning left onto E 200 S, we then followed this street all the way to its end after 2.1 miles.

The Battle Creek Trailhead and Kiwanis Park were right at the end of E 200 S.

Battle_Creek_Falls_005_05282017 - Context of the Battle Creek Trailhead Parking while we were trying to figure out where to go next
Context of the Battle Creek Trailhead Parking while we were trying to figure out where to go next

Overall, it took us about 40 minutes to make this drive.

From the Hwy 52 in Orem, there were other ways to get to Battle Creek Falls.

The way we took was to head straight north along State St (US89).

Then, we’d head east on W 1600 N before turning left (north) onto N 400 W, which eventually joined up with E 200 S.

Battle_Creek_Falls_010_05282017 - Looking back at the context of the Battle Creek Trailhead Parking Lot with Utah Lake in the background
Looking back at the context of the Battle Creek Trailhead Parking Lot with Utah Lake in the background

We then took the E 200 S. Road to the east until its end.

To give you some geographical context, Salt Lake City was about 302 miles (over 4 hours drive) north of St George, 234 miles (over 3.5 hours drive) northwest of Moab, 215 miles (3 hours drive) south of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 421 miles (over 5.5 hours drive) north of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 688 miles (over 9.5 hours drive) north of Los Angeles, California.

Long video starting at the top of Battle Creek Falls then slowly descending to the spur trail eventually leading to the waterfalls' base


Sweep from Battle Creek Falls at its base whilst trying to make the best out of a situation where we were looking directly at the sun.

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