Hikes National Parks/Monuments

Pine Creek Waterfall in Zion

(Last Updated On: April 13, 2016)
Pine Creek Waterfall

This is not the actual waterfall, but the small one we found halfway there.

We made an attempt to walk Pine Creek Waterfall in Zion Canyon and weren’t successful. So why would we recommend a failed adventure? Because even though we didn’t arrive at the correct destination, it was a lot fun!

 

We learned about the Pine Creek Waterfall from Dirt in My Shoes. You can see pictures of the actually Pine Creek waterfall there. We found an alternate area that was shady and cool and had a little splash of waterfall, too.
This hike starts right at a small parking area next to the bridge below the tunnel. If you passed through the tunnel, go all the way down the switchbacks. The bridge is right at the bottom.There is a small parking area on the side of the bridge farthest from the tunnel, and the trail starts there. If you are coming toward the tunnel, look for the small parking area before the bridge that starts the switchbacks up to the tunnel.

This is where the hike starts.

This is where the hike starts.

The trail isn’t particularly well marked, but it basically follows along the stream. There are pretty pools and the trail is nice and sandy, and you can pick your way along the bottom of the canyon toward Zion Arch. The trail is sandy because it lies next to the stream and our boys had fun throwing rocks and exploring next to the stream.

The trail begins on this path. Soon you arrive at the stream and the trail isn't as easy to find.

The trail begins on this path. Soon you arrive at the stream and the trail isn’t as easy to find.

Pine Creek Waterfall

You hike in the sand most of the way.

Pine Creek Waterfall

You arrive at the stream really quickly and will follow it the rest of the way.

Pine Creek Waterfall

Our boys loved walking under this huge tree!

There is a bit of scrambling and bushwhacking– well, more path-picking than bushwhacking as you follow the stream. We climbed over a few boulders and found a small little waterfall and we dropped some big rocks into the stream for some big splashes.

Pine Creek Waterfall

Hikes with water and rocks are always popular with our boys.

Pine Creek Waterfall

Dad explored a little further up the trail to see what he could see.

Pine Creek Waterfall

We enjoyed climbing on the large boulders around the stream.

After we finished this hike, we realized that we hadn’t gone far enough up the stream to find the waterfall. The directions list that the hike is 0.5 miles RT so we started searching for a waterfall at .25 miles. But the waterfall is actually at the 0.5 mile mark making the hike 1 mile RT. We needed to continue on next to the stream to see the Pine Creek Waterfall.

Pine Creek Waterfall

We liked this little waterfall, and you can see it at the 0.25 mark. The Pine Creek Waterfall is much larger, and is at 0.5 miles.

The reason we liked this hike so much is that it was pleasant to walk along beside the stream, and we only saw one other couple along the route. When we’d had enough, we turned around. Sometimes these hikes are even better than destination hikes, though we like those, too!

The hike is quite beautiful, so it was worth the time we spent exploring the stream.

The hike is quite beautiful, so it was worth the time we spent exploring the stream.

We hope to go back one day and find the actual waterfall. We definitely recommend that you try a walk along Pine Creek– and if you make it to the waterfall, let us know! We’ll post your pic right here on our blog (with your permission, of course!)

3 Comments

  • I didn’t notice mention of Adam’s canyon in the foothills of Layton. If you haven’t hiked that yet, it’s awesome. Best part is it leads to a waterfall and has plenty of shade (after the first little bit). Thanks for all your great ideas.

    • Adam’s Canyon is on our list! We just haven’t made it there yet. Maybe this summer! Thanks for the tip!

      • Waterfall canyon in Ogden is another good one. A hint when you do Adam’s canyon, near the top is a huge flat rock that looks like it’s the only way to continue, and it’s got a steep drop-off. We found out the 2nd time we hiked up there that you can hike up around it and it’s MUCH safer with the kids.