Grove Creek is a beautiful and steep trail that begins in Pleasant Grove. It features a waterfall and incredible mountain and city views. It is classified as hard because it’s steep, but it’s about the same steepness as Horsetail Falls. To get to the waterfall it’s about 4.25 miles round trip. If you continue farther you get to a beautiful meadow (7.2 miles round trip). It is possible to continue even farther and come down Battle Creek Falls (8.2 mile loop to different parking lot).
You begin this by going up the main trail where they hang the large flag Lady Liberty in early July. After 0.3 miles, the trail has a path that heads up to the left. Take that trail. It heads up through the scrub oak and then comes near the river. It is faster and fuller earlier in the year, but this photo is in October.
Then the path switches back away from the river. In the fall the leaves are spectacular.
As you hike there are many opportunities to see the beautiful view down the canyon at Utah County and Utah Lake.. These photos are from different months and times of day.
Another reason this trail is marked as hard is because the path is surrounded by shale and sort of cliff-like in a few sections. This would not be a great trail if you are afraid of heights.
The wildflowers are beautiful and most bloom May through July!
There are different kinds of wildflowers that bloom later. This photo below is from the beginning of October.
When it’s early in the year, most of the trees aren’t fully green and the waterfall isn’t very robust. When you hike up and stand on the bridge then you see two streams of water merging. These are from May, June, July, and October.
The biggest waterfall is just below the bridge, so you see it most impressively from earlier in the hike. This photo was from mid-June last year, so you still see snow on Mount Timpanogos behind it.
Here is is in May, July, and October:
As you get nearly to the top you can look over and see it from the side. (June vs. October)
There is a little bench just below the waterfall where you can sit and take in the spectacular view!
Here are just a few more of the canyon.
Stats: Distance – 4.25 miles roundtrip (to waterfall)
Approximate hiking time – 2 to 4 hours
Elevation gain – 1,520 feet (to waterfall)
Difficulty – Difficult
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks.
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – May – October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes