This morning I hiked to Lost Creek Falls for the first time. It is across the highway from the far more well-known Bridal Veil Falls and lesser known Bridesmaid Falls and Upper Falls in Provo Canyon. You begin at the east end of Nunn’s Park and follow the trail at the far east end by the overpass. The trail heads up to an ATV trail that you will follow right and uphill until you get to the stream.
You have to cross the stream by stepping on the rocks. Be careful as some may not be stable. There is an option to follow the trail for a minute to the right on the far side of the stream, but we were underwhelmed. There is only a little fire pit and seats made of rocks and some cairns, but the view of Bridal Veil is less impressive than the ones on the main trail.
After you cross the stream you instead head upstream (left), then you are headed the right way. There are times when there is a clear path, but mostly you are just climbing over the rocks, making your way up the canyon next to the stream.
Again, be careful as you hike, because some of the rocks are loose and it’s easy to slip. After a while there is a part of the trail that goes through thicker foilage. When you get up to the second photo, you will need to cross back over the stream, again by stepping on the rocks.
As you hike, periodically turn around and appreciate the beautiful view of Bridal Veil Falls across the canyon.
You cannot see the falls until you are basically there. The waterfall is hidden behind the large outcropping on the left of the canyon.
Be careful where you step, both because the rocks could shift and because there may be something hidden underneath! Of course I hike all the time on trails where rattlesnakes live, but this was actually my first time seeing one.
The falls truly are beautiful! They are a great well-earned destination.
Some trails are stunning throughout, but this one has moments of great beauty intermixed with moderate scenery. There were quite a few wildflowers along the trail.
We also saw a rabbit on our way down. The photos aren’t great since I only had my phone and was zooming in so much to catch it before it hopped away.
We actually saw a few families starting this trail as we were ending, but I would hesitate to take kids on this trail. Even though this is rated as a moderate trail, I would classify it as difficult. It is quite steep most of the way and there are so many loose rocks and multiple stream crossings. The rattlesnake was disconcerting too! As you head down, be sure to appreciate the views again!
Stats: Distance – 2.8 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 1053 feet
Difficulty – Moderate/Difficult
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and then scramble over rocks
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – April-October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes