One of our favorite hikes is located just east of Pleasant Grove. Battlecreek Falls is practically an urban hike as it is located just up the hill from Pleasant Grove High School. Besides accessibility, the other thing that makes this hike amazing is that there is a beautiful waterfall payoff after a short hike. It is an easy walk–about 30 minutes (.7 miles to the falls). Our three year-old did this hike today all by himself without being carried, though we did hold hands as it is a little rocky and steep in a few places.
This hike begins on a wide gravel road that follows a small stream. After walking on the wide road for a bit, you will come to a small “pond” where we stop and throw rocks. From here the trail narrows slightly continues to climb to the waterfall. Soon you will cross a bridge and around the corner there is a small “cave,” which is just a small hole in a rock, but we stop and take a picture every time we hike to Battlecreek Falls. Right after the cave, you hit the steepest part of the trail. This pitch is only about 100 feet or so, and you will hear the waterfall as you climb. The hardest part of the climb is that the trail here is covered with shale, so it’s easy for anyone to slip and fall. So hold on to those little ones.
As you near the end of the hike, you will hear the waterfall and then see it through the trees. On the right-hand side close to the top, you will see a small path that heads down to the base of the park. We like to take the short jaunt to the top first, though (it’s only about 100 more feet) because you get a gorgeous view of the waterfall from the side. Then we head back down to the turnoff and down to the base of the waterfall.
On a hot day, it is nice to arrive and feel the spray from the falls. My kids loves to throw rocks into the water and sometimes wade in, too. We do this hike at least twice a year and it is always a winner. This hike is an uphill hike…it is a slow climb, but you are definitely walking up the mountain to this waterfall. Like we mentioned, our three year old walked the entire way, but we make sure to take our time and enjoy the hike, so the climb doesn’t seem too bad.
To find Battlecreek Falls, take 200 S (also called Battle Creek Road) in Pleasant Grove east until it dead ends at the trailhead parking lot. You will see a pavilion with tables–don’t cross the bridge over to the tables, instead stay right of the barricades and follow the gravel road up into the canyon. The other side of the pavilion is where you Hike the G! Have fun!