Battle Creek Falls, located near Pleasant Grove, UT on the Battle Creek Trail, is a fairly easy, family-friendly hike that makes for an enjoyable and fun memory. Whether you are looking for a good hike, or want to take some soft waterfall photographs, this hike is sure to please. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider hiking Battle Creek Falls!
#1 Battle Creek Falls is a very accessible hike and easy to find
The trailhead to Battle Creek Falls is located in Pleasant Grove, UT. When following GPS, the directions take you up E 200 S in Pleasant Grove and end directly at a parking lot, close to the trailhead.
From the parking lot, there is an entrance to Kiwanis Park straight ahead. Don’t enter the park. Doing so will take up up the G Mountain Trail and you will miss the waterfall if you go this way.
Instead, go to the right. There you will find a wooden sign showing the names of different trails. Take the fork to the left for the Battle Creek Trail. This main trail will take you directly to Battle Creek Falls.
#2 The Battle Creek Falls Trail is short, well maintained, and kid-friendly
While I wouldn’t want to push a stroller up the Battle Creek Trail, the hiking path itself is well maintained and easy to follow. Small rocks and gravel cover the hiking trail, but they are easy to navigate and hike on. Plus, there are no switchbacks! Yay!
We had no trouble hiking up the Battle Creek Trail, in spite of our camera gear, snacks, and water. The hike took us a total of about 30 minutes to get up to the waterfall. While the entire length of the Battle Creek Trail is a moderate 4.1 miles (according to All Trails), the distance to Battle Creek Falls is only 1.6 miles round trip.
Approaching the ascent to the top of the waterfall proved to be a little bit steep. In spite of that, rubber mats made for a safe hike, even for my eight year old. We saw children smaller than mine hiking to the waterfall with no trouble.
#3 The hike to Battle Creek Falls has plenty of shade if you leave early
We began our June hike on the Battle Creek Trail at 8 am. Because of this, and the amazing tree cover, were hiked in shade most of the time.
While the sun crested over the mountain by the time we arrived at the falls, the base of the waterfall remained completely shrouded with a beautiful shade and cool mist.
#4 The Battle Creek Falls Trail provides stunning views and vistas
In addition to a shaded, easy hike, with a 50 ft. waterfall, the hike also had beautiful vistas!
Stunning vistas at the top of Battle Creek Falls with a view of Utah lake made the hike worth it! We also enjoyed looking down the top of the waterfall, albeit not too closely.
It’s amazing how so little water can make for such a spectacular view. I can only imagine how much fuller the falls would be in April or May.
#5 Battle Creek Falls provides beautiful photography opportunities
If you leave when the lighting is good, you can capture some amazing soft water photographs. (Want to learn more? Be sure to watch my editing tutorial for soft water photography!)
I have always loved photographing soft water and rocks. Waterfalls provide the perfect backdrop for this!
In order to get the slow, soft water effect you need to use good gear. I used a Singh Ray Variable ND Filter and Polarizer. To avoid camera shake, I also used a Vello wireless remote. Make sure to bring a lens cloth to wipe off the spray of water from the waterfall!
Well, there it is! 5 reasons why you should hike Battle Creek Falls! In conclusion, if you want a fun, beautiful, and fairly easy hike where you can get back in time for lunch, then Battle Creek Falls is a great option!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about hiking up to Battle Creek Falls! Thanks for reading and sharing my adventures with me!
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