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Guidebook Getaway: Take the Family for a Hike to a 50-foot Waterfall Outside Salt Lake City

Guidebook Getaway is an occasional feature of The REI Blog where we dip into REI’s guidebook collection and pull out a complete trip description (a freebie) for your adventurous consideration. It’s available in PDF form so can print it out and take it with you on the trail.

If you live in the area or are planning a visit, enjoy.

Today’s pick: A family-friendly hike, just 1.6 miles round-trip, to a 50-foot waterfall in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest just outside Salt Lake City.

The destination is Battle Creek Falls, which is found in the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Salt Lake City, authored by Greg Witt.

Get the trail free description.

Or, buy the complete book.

Witt's 288-page book, published in 2012, is part of the popular 60 Hikes/60 Miles series from Menasha Ridge Press.

Below is a partial list of other cities featured in the popular 60/60 series:


Witt, a Salt Lake City resident, tells our friends at Menasha Ridge Press that Battle Creek Falls (shown in the photo to the right) is fed by a natural spring, not snowmelt, so it runs perennially. As a result, any time of year is good for a visit.

Witt adds that in summer the falls is popular among climbers who use it as a rappelling spot. Descending in the cool spray of the falls is a treat on a hot day.

Posted on at 10:30 AM

Tagged: Battle Creek Falls, Hiking, Hiking with kids and guidebooks

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