I had to stay in town this weekend, so I figured I'd explore an area close to Boise that I hadn't explored before: JUMP CREEK CANYON! I've heard good things about this place for my entire life, but I really haven't spent much time in the Snake River Canyon area. So, about 60-70 minutes of a drive later, we were there. Directions can be found here: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/owyhee/recreation_sites_/Jump_Creek.html.
So, first we hiked up above the waterfall. There are trails that lead you to the north for a nice view of the falls and the striking canyons. I suggest doing this first--that way suspense builds like it did for us.
Here are some more photos from the hike above the falls:
After our adventure above, we ventured down to the creek that flows out from the waterfall.
And then, finally, to the waterfall:
Overall, I was very impressed with the hike. The falls are really easy to get to--took us less than 10 minutes once we actually headed towards them from the parking lot. I read that it's only a quarter of a mile (sounds about right). This is an easy day trip from Boise and I highly recommend it! Just try to pick up some trash while you're there! It's important to care for nature when we go into nature for our own benefits- a win win.
To conclude, I wanted to share some words of wisdom that I found on the way through Marsing:
Happy trails--and stay clean. :)