Double Falls is an impressive two-tiered waterfall that is virtually unknown in Payson Canyon in the Nebo Loop.
I only heard of Double Falls recently and did as much research as possible. There wasn’t much. Luckily we were able to find it and I will explain it well enough for you to find it too.
Jones Ranch Trailhead
The Jones Ranch Trailhead has a parking area and the Jones Ranch Trail continues on the opposite side of the road.
One the same side of the road there is a primitive campground. Head back a bit to the right. As you get closer, you’ll see some aspens. Behind that is a small trail that heads through the aspens.
Right away there is a small stream to cross. It’s pretty easy to step across the rocks to the left, but you could also cross balance beam-style on the log to the right.
The trail continues in a northeast direction through the aspens and some small meadow areas.
Soon you will go into the pines and hear water. The trail starts heading downhill.
We ended up right at Wimmer Ranch Creek. To the right you see the denser foliage and to the left a cliff, that is the top of Double Falls.
It is very steep and would be unsafe to climb down here. Less than one minute back along the trail there is a detour that heads down to the falls.
There is a rope that is super helpful to get down to the falls. It is similar to the one at Farmington Creek Waterfall before they created the new trail. This shot is standing at the bottom looking up.
When you get to the bottom you are actually on the middle landing, between the two waterfall sections.
Each of the tiers is about 20 feet high, so 40 feet in total!
I didn’t want to get too wet from the spray, so I’m not actually standing very close to it. The wet part is very slippery, so be careful if you do try to get close. There is no safe way to get down to the base of the bottom tier. Here are more photos of impressive Double Falls!
Stats: Distance – 1.0 mile roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 30-60 minutes
Elevation gain – 203 feet
Difficulty – Moderate (descent to falls is difficult)
Trail – trail with dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Payson Lakes
Seasons to hike – May-October
Permits needed – $6 day use per car or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – Yes