Overview : Jump Creek has a spectacular 60' waterfall. It originates in Sands Basin from year around springs. An awesome canyon with colorful... more »
Jump Creek has a spectacular 60' waterfall. It originates in Sands Basin from year around springs. An awesome canyon with colorful... more » rock walls towering hundreds of feet tall line its banks.
The Jump Creek Recreation Area is a DAY USE ONLY site. The trail head has several fire rings and sites for picnics. It is accessible by automobile. The falls are an easy ten minute hike from the trail head.
There is a waterfall in Poison Creek. It will require hiking and serious rock climbing to get a good view.
Sands Basin is home to a herd of wild mustangs.
The parking areas, trail head, and trails have been recently renovated and all are in good condition.
The area is popular with hikers, sightseers, horse backers, geocachers, photographers, and ATV/Offroaders. The hiking trails are off limits to motorized vehicles.
There is a restroom at the trail head but no potable water. less «
From Marsing, Idaho take Idaho 55 west to the junction with US-95. Continue 1½ miles west past the junction and turn left (west) onto... more » Cemetery Road. Turn left (south) at the T-intersection with a STOP sign. This road is Jump Creek Road. Continue south until the pavement ends and the road curves right over a cattle guard. The road is public, but the land on each side is private until reaching the recreation area.
From Homedale, Idaho take US 95 south to Jump Creek Road, turn right (south) and follow Jump Creek Road to the trail head.
The water flow is higher in the spring, but the area is accessible all year in good weather. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Bring anything you need, including water and firewood. It is recommended that you have a high clearance vehicle to travel to Sands Basin.
Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes and for poison ivy along Jump Creek.
For further info contact the:
Bureau of Land Management
Owyhee Field Office
20 First Avenue West
Marsing, ID 83639
208-896-5912 Fax: 208-896-5940
Office hours: 7:45am - 4:30pm, M-F less «
There is a roomy graveled parking area. It has a restroom, several fire rings, and rustic seating (rocks) for picnics. Bring your firewood as there is none available.
The last part of the road may be closed due to wet/snow conditions. It is fairly steep, but suitable for automobiles in good weather.
This is a DAY USE ONLY area!
We visited the... More area on 10-31-12 and found that the east side of Jump Creek was burned by a range fire. It exposed a couple of stock/game trails leading to the top on that side. I added a couple of photos.Less
The falls are about 60' in height and there is a small pool suitable for wading and swimming at its base. There are also crevices and caves along the trail to the falls.
It is only about a 10 minute easy walk from the trail head on a good trail. You have to cross the creek once, but shouldn't have to get your feet wet unless it is during spring... More run-off. This trail is not open to horses.
There is a steep trail on the west side of the falls that goes through the "Devil's Crevice" where you can continue to hike up the canyon.
Watch out for poison ivy and rattlesnakes!
There is another trail on the west side of the canyon from the upper parking area where you can view the falls from above.
The road from this point to POI #6 should be considered an ATV/jeep trail. There are several very steep, rocky, washed out spots that will present a challenge.
This trail is not for beginner/novice ATV riders.
An alternate route for high clearance vehicles is to take the Poison Creek Road at POI #21 to POI #9. At POI #9 you can turn east and... More travel to the overlooks until you reach POI #6. The road gets bad beyond POI #6.Less
Great views from the canyon rim.
Start looking for mustangs and antelope from this point on. The fence marks the beginning of the wild horse area and Sands Basin.
We usually see mustangs north and also west of here.
The road crosses Jump Creek here. You definitely need a high clearance vehicle, 4X4 is better.
Be cautious, especially during spring run-off.
The road that goes east from here is for ATVs and 4X4 vehicles. It is very steep, rocky, and has sections with steep side to side inclines.
It is not for beginner/novice ATV riders.
The road to the south to POI #14 is an alternate route and is OK for high clearance vehicles.
The roads from here to POI #s 17, 18, 19, to POI#13 are only for ATVs and 4X4 vehicles. They are very steep, rocky, and have several sections with steep side to side inclines.
They are not recommended for beginner/novice ATV riders.
The road to the south is OK for high clearance vehicles.
The pavement ends here. The road to the west (Jump Creek) crosses a cattle guard and goes to the Jump Creek recreation area. The road is public, but is bordered by private land for about a mile.
The road to the south crosses a canal and goes south on the east side of Jump Creek Canyon. If you cross a canal, you are on the wrong road to the falls.
This is an alternate route to Sands Basin. Turn west on Poison Creek Road and follow the main road.
The road to the waterfall from the Poison Creek Grade is rough and is on a steep side hill. It is nearly a mile to the falls. You will probably need a 4X4 vehicle to drive to it. There are no road signs or markers.
The waterfall had a very low flow and we did not see it while we were at the falls. We could hear it running behind rocks. After... More processing some video footage, part of the water fall is barely visible on the video. It can be seen with the YouTube video on full screen between about the 37 to 58 seconds part of the video. It is in the dark (wet) area on the video. The fall appears about 30 feet in height and should have a lot more flow in the spring.
Poison Ivy is thick in this area and the habitat is perfect for rattlesnakes. Be careful!
Views from the junction of Poison Creek and Little Poison Creek.
There is a geocache here.
These trails start at the upper parking areas and climb to the west side rim of Jump Creek. They are not marked or maintained after about the first 1/4 mile.
They eventually intersect POI #5.
I traced several tracks on the map, but hikers/horse backers are not restricted to trails in this area and are free to explore.
There are some great views... More from the canyon rim.
The starting elevation is about 2700' and ranges up to near 4000'.Less