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Lower Pine Creek Hike

Waterfall at the end of Lower Pine Creek Hike.

Lower Pine Creek Hike is a short hike to a beautiful and rarely seen waterfall in Zion National Park. Lower Pine Creek Falls is approximately 15 feet tall and drops into a sandy pond that is great for wading. Fifty yards downstream are a couple of ponds that are big enough to wade or possibly swim in. Pine Creek flows year-round and comes from a spring near the base of the Great Arch. Seasonal runoff can increase the flow dramatically. The trail to Lower Pine Creek Falls is not maintained or listed on any of the park maps, which means that this trail is not usually crowded.

The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek Hike is the first (bottom) switchback to the west of the big tunnel. Park on the shoulder of the road and follow the social trails to the east. You'll have to cross Pine Creek a couple of times. Most people will be able to jump from rock to rock and keep their feet dry, but if you're not in good physical condition, I would recommend that you wear sandals and just walk up the creek. Keep an eye out for tadpoles and other critters in the stream and several small waterfalls along the way.

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Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
Trailhead -112.9655045850086 37.21658445773792  
Waterfall -112.9602982669484 37.21680543304848  

Trip Report: June 22, 2012

The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek is the first (bottom) switchback.

Lower Pine Creek

The trail is not maintained or listed on any park maps, but it is easy to find and follow.

Lower Pine Creek
Lower Pine Creek

Pine Creek flows year-round and comes from a spring near the base of the Great Arch. Seasonal runoff can increase the flow dramatically.

Lower Pine Creek

You'll have to cross Pine Creek a couple of times. Most people will be able to jump from rock to rock and keep their feet dry. Keep an eye out for tadpoles and other critters in the stream.

Lower Pine Creek

There are a couple of small waterfalls along the way.

Lower Pine Creek
Lower Pine Creek
Lower Pine Creek

Right before the large waterfall are a couple of ponds that are big enough to swim in.

Lower Pine Creek

Lower Pine Creek Falls is about 15 feet tall. The pond at the base of the falls is knee to waist deep.

Lower Pine Creek
Lower Pine Creek