Tom’s experience hiking to the Gordon Creek Waterfalls:
The Gordon Creek Waterfalls are more popular for an ATV or dirt bike adventure but you can also reach them by hiking or using a four wheel drive vehicle. I am glad we didn’t try taking our car because there are a few really difficult parts. Horses are also popular along the trail.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls are located in a flash flood area so be careful if it has recently or will be raining. The trail has a few pine trees along it but they aren’t really tall enough to give you shade so wear sunscreen. You also cross over a stream once. Bring plenty of water, when we were there the water was filthy and I would not want to filter it.
The lower Gordon Creek Waterfall is located about a mile from the turnoff, which is where we parked our car. You can look over a nice little view point and then hike down to play in the waterfall. Be careful near the creek. The water moves pretty quickly and the rocks surrounding the waterfall are covered in dirt and mud making it very slick. When we went, there were two different groups playing in the falls but the water was so cold I was not interested.
If you continue to follow the ATV trail for 1.8 miles further you will reach an old abandoned log cabin used by a miner. There is also an upper falls that I didn’t think was as impressive as the lower falls. However, in the valley of the upper waterfall we saw wildlife including: a mother Elk with her two young calves and a few beavers which were neat.
The trail is fairly flat for most of the way and roundtrip to both waterfalls and the cabin is 5.6 miles. Dogs are allowed on this trail.
Trail Info: Drive about 3 miles south of Helper, Utah on highway 191. Turn right onto Consumers Road. Reset your odometer and all directions will be from the turnoff of 191. Drive 2.7 miles and turn left onto a dirt road. At this point there should be some large mining equipment on your right. At 4.3 miles you should be parallel with the railroad which will be on your right. At 5.2 miles you will cross the railroad track and continue down the road to the left parallel to the tracks which will now be on the left. At 6 miles look for the wooden Gordon Creek Trail sign on the right. Park near the sign if you plan on hiking.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls Trailhead: 39.621341, -110.953891
Lower Gordon Creek Waterfall: 39.620113,-110.966514
Upper Gordon Creek Waterfall: 39.620023, -110.984187
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