A girlfriend was in town visiting last week and I was on a mission to find things to do with a baby in tow. We both love waterfalls but I didn’t feel like doing the two and a half hour drive to Shoshone Falls, especially since I was just there a month or so ago. A quick Google search led me to Jump Creek Falls located in Owyhee County, about an hour drive west of Boise. The falls themselves are small but beautiful and the water appeared to be safe for wading and water play.
The hike to Jump Creek Falls is roughly a quarter of a mile long and will take you around 20 minutes. The first half is very sunny, but within a few minutes you are shaded by the canyon walls. There is a small stream you have to cross along the way, but there are rocks you can step on or you can always just get your feet wet. Overall, I’d call it an easy hike. I did it with Olivia in the Ergobaby (although I did have to use my friend for support a few times) and we also saw several people with small children.
If you are looking for a longer hike, there are also additional trails that take you up over the waterfall. These, however, will be quite sunny and I am told you should have proper hiking shoes on. We, unfortunately, did not explore these trails. Guess I’ll have to go back another day!
If you want to pass on the cliff hikes but are looking for more things to do in the area, there are several vineyards in Marsing on the way to Jump Creek Falls. One could easily do the hike in the morning followed by an early afternoon lunch and wine tasting.
- From Boise, take I-84 West toward Nampa/Caldwell
- Take Exit 33A toward ID-55/Nampa/Marsing
- Continue onto US-95
- Turn Left onto Cemetery Road
- Turn Left onto S Jump Creek Road
- Follow this gravel road to Jump Creek Falls.*
*Note: You have to drive through private property to get to the falls. Keep on the main road and you won’t have any issues. If you want to do the trails above the waterfall, park in the gravel lot on the right. If you plan to hike the falls, continue down the (scary) paved road to your left.