Elk River Travel Guide

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    Elk River
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    Lower Bull Run Creek Falls
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    Lower Bull Run Creek Falls
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    Middle Elk Creek Falls 4 more images

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    Middle Elk Creek Falls are the tallest at about 90 feet (27 m) in two separate tiers. The falls are reached after 1 mile of hiking from the main parking lot, but if you are viewing the Upper Falls first you will be backtracking about a quarter of a mile to catch back up with the loop.
    The viewpoint is perched in a position that makes it very difficult to view the falls. Trees near the base block your view but if you venture just beyond the viewpoint to the right the full falls can be viewed. Several footpaths venture around the canyon walls and to the brink of the falls but the slope is fairly severe and you are not advised to take closer looks.

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    Upper Elk Creek Falls 4 more images

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    The Upper Falls of Elk Creek are about 20-25 feet (8 m) in elevation but are very scenic and the best part is that they are the closest to the trailhead. Only .9 miles (1.5 KM) from where your car is parked you will descend into the canyon and find yourself being teased with the slight views and sounds of rushing water.
    Once you find yourself at the viewpoint be sure to appreciate the extremely apparent columnar basaltic formations all around you. These rocks are formed in such a way when basaltic lava flows are cooled and crack into typically hexagonal columns.

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    Lower Elk Creek Falls are located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) hike from the parking lot. The viewpoint is in a much better location than the one for the Middle Falls. The fall is about 50 feet (15 m) and is deceiving in its width as it falls somewhat perpendicular to the plane of viewing.
    The most interesting feature of this waterfall is the extremely apparent columnar basalts that make up the walls of the canyon surrounding the falls. Having been the furthest down into the canyon as it is the last fall of the system these are the oldest of the layers of basalt.
    The interesting thing to me is the scale of these columns. Many of the Columbia River columnar basalt formations that I have seen have very large columns, often 2 feet wide, whereas these columns are very delicate by comparison (as little as 6 inches).

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Elk River Off The Beaten Path

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    by GuthrieColin Written Nov 25, 2007

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    Lower Bull Run Creek Falls is more impressive to me than its upper river cousin. The falls are shorter but are in one single fall. The falls are about 50 feet (15 m) and tumble over a rock face into a small pool. The canyon around the base of the falls is steep and very slippery so take care in traversing your way down to the base.
    Once in the canyon, however, you will find a very private and pleasant amphitheater to enjoy the sights and sounds. The river continues on past the falls in a scenic but calm fashion and adds to the feeling of seclusion. I would be very surprised if you were not alone here as it is fairly difficult to get to this location.

    Directions:
    From Moscow, travel east for just over 50 miles on Idaho SR-8. About 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the town of Elk River turn right on the well signed road and follow the signs for another 1.4 miles (2.2 km) to a fork in the road (signed as FR 1452) just before the Elk Creek Canyon Parking Lot. Turn right and park before the gate. From there Hike about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to a "Y" in the road. Take a left down the more discrete looking road. After a few hundred feet the falls become louder and a faint path branches off the forest road. Follow that path to the falls.

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    As a series of two or more drops, Bull Run Creek Falls descends about 85 feet (25 m). The falls are reached after a short 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the beginning of the trail at a gated forest road. The final path from the logging roads to the falls is a very unmarked bend in the road but you will hear the falls from the road and there is a faint path that leads to the views.
    The falls vary greatly from low water periods to higher water periods. When the water runs low the rock that the water flows over is revealed and several pot hole type formations are visible. In higher water periods it becomes a noisy canyon likely filled with a considerable cloud of mist.

    Directions:
    From Moscow, travel east for just over 50 miles on Idaho SR-8. About 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the town of Elk River turn right on the well signed road and follow the signs for another 1.4 miles (2.2 km) to a fork in the road (signed as FR 1452) just before the Elk Creek Canyon Parking Lot. Turn right and park before the gate. From there Hike about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to a "Y" in the road. Take a left down the more discrete looking road. After a few hundred feet the falls become louder and a faint path branches off the forest road. Follow that path to the falls.

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