July 31, 2015

Battlecreek Falls Hike

Located east of Pleasant Grove, this is a great trail for kids and families. It's relatively short and ends at a spectacular waterfall.
Distance: About 1.1 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 465 feet
Hiking Time: 30 minutes-1 hour 

Driving Directions: From the town of Pleasant Grove, follow 200 South to the east side of town. The street is also known as Battle Creek Drive and it dead-ends at the trailhead. If coming from Salt Lake, take I-15 to Exit 275.   
 
 
I'm trying to find new trails outside of the Salt Lake Valley, and one day had to go to American Fork for an appointment so I looked up trails that were nearby. We found Battle Creek Falls trail and decided to try it out. I'm glad we did! It was a fun short and easy hike, ending at a waterfall.
 
History: Battle Creek is named after the first battle between Mormon settlers and the Native American Ute tribe. a small group of Timpanogots Indians were attacked by a Mormon militia on March 5th, 1849.
 
I love telling the history of the hikes we go on to my kids. It's a fun history lesson for them!
 
We did this hike in July mid-day, which wasn't the best choice, but it's when we happened to be down in that area. There wasn't much shade so it was a pretty hot hike, I'd recommend doing it earlier or later in the day during the Summer. This would make a great Spring and Fall hike as well.
 
The trail started out relatively flat and wide along the trail. 
 
 
After a short walk we made it to the Falls. In the Spring when the runoff is in full force, the falls is split into a double waterfall.
 
The spray from the waterfall felt great after our hot hike! 
 
 
We saw a beautiful butterfly.
 
  
 
Trying to get a picture of the 3 of us with the falls in the background wasn't easy!
 
Of course we found a shady spot by a boulder to have our snacks. We always pack snacks!
Tip: Freeze string cheese the night before then pack it on your hike, by the time you eat it it's thawed but still cold.
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
Beautiful views of Utah Lake below us.
 
 
We spotted a fun little cave along the trail.
 
 
Another perk of this hike is the spectacular view of Mt. Timpanogos.
 
It's always a sign you've had a good hike when little ones fall asleep! She fell asleep just before we got to the car!

This was a great hike. We had a fun time on our July hike, I'd like to do this hike again in the Fall when it's a little cooler and the leaves are changing colors.

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