The Battle Creek Trail is a great family hike to a beautiful 50-foot waterfall in the foothills above Pleasant Grove. While the hike is short, it still packs some punch, gaining over 430 feet in just 0.6 miles.
This trail is suitable for most healthy adults and children.
The trailhead for the Battle Creek Trail is located at Kiwanis Park (40.363036,-111.70075) on the east side of Pleasant Grove.
From Highway 89 in Pleasant Grove, drive east on 200 South/E Battle Creek Drive for approximately 2.5 miles to the large, gravel parking lot at the end of the road.
From the trailhead, follow the hiking trail on the north end of the parking lot marked "Battle Creek Trail No 050." There is no mention of the waterfall, but this is the correct trail.
The trail follows Battle Creek closely as it climbs up the canyon. The first half of the hike is on a smooth, graded dirt road with a gentle incline. About half way to the falls, the trail narrows and becomes more strenuous as it climbs further up the canyon. Soon the trail crosses Battle Creek on a small wooden bridge, and the real work begins. The final stretch to the waterfall is short but is quite steep and strenuous.
As you approach Battle Creek Falls, look for a small trail on the right that descends to a viewing area at the base of the falls. You may also continue on the main trail to the top of the falls if you prefer.
Return the way you came. Round trip distance is approximately 1.2 miles.
As a historical note, Battle Creek is the location of the first battle between Native Americans and Utah Pioneers in February 1849, which took place near the mouth of the canyon. The town of Battle Creek is now called Pleasant Grove, but the stream and canyon above the city still carry the name.
Rules and Regulations
- Open to hiking, equestrians and bicycles.
- Dogs must be on leash. Keep dogs under control at all times.
Use extreme caution near the stream during periods of high water.