Idaho August 30, 2017
The Hike In Idaho That Takes You To Not One, But TWO Insanely Beautiful Waterfalls
When you think about waterfalls in Idaho, you’re mind most likely goes to the famous ones like Mesa Falls or Shoshone Falls. There certainly is not a shortage of fantastic waterfalls to see in Idaho. However, you don’t have to travel a long ways just to see them. There are several stunning natural waterfalls hiding just a small hike away. You just have to know where to find them. This particular hike in North Idaho leads you to two beautiful waterfalls, and the best part is there likely won’t be a crowd of people blocking your view!
Shadow and Fern Falls are located in Idaho Panhandle National Forest along the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River.
The forest is 2.5 million acres of gorgeous mountains, rivers, and lakes. Hiking doesn't get much better than this! This hike is considered to be pretty easy and good for all ages.
The falls are located off of the river. In order to get to the trail head you will drive along Interstate 90 and take the Kingston exit to highway 9. You'll follow the highway as it goes along the river.
The old access to the hiking trail was from "Yellow Dog Creek" road, but has since been closed off. Instead, you will continue on the highway until you see a sign for Shadow and Fern Falls and turn left onto the marked road.
Being in the middle of the beautiful forest is an experience in itself. You'll feel a million miles away from it all. You'll likely see some wildlife, too! The gravel trail is wide and well maintained.
Both of the waterfalls are along the same creek. Just follow the small stream and you'll find them!
First, you will come across Fern Falls just a mile up the trail. You'll likely feel the cool mist in the air before you see it.
The falls, at only 12 feet high, may be small but they are certainly impressive. The sight of the silky cascades of water is certainly a beautiful one!
Fern Falls is the smaller one of the two. Keep treading on to see the slightly bigger and better Shadow Falls.
Shadow Falls are slightly hidden and more difficult to get to (although it's certainly doable).
You'll continue along the same gravel trail, which will get steeper. After a couple of hundred of yards you should see Shadow Falls tucked up above Fern Falls.
Shadow Falls is hidden away in an obscure part of the forest, and therefore viewing it is a pretty magical experience. These falls are twice the height of Fern Falls at 24 feet tall. The same silky flow of water pours down from them, surrounded by lush and mossy greenery. It's like a little hidden oasis that you'll never want to leave.
This place is like a little piece of heaven on earth. Can you believe these beautiful waterfalls are just a short hike away in the beautiful Idaho wilderness?
Have you hiked this trail to Shadow and Fern Falls? What are your favorite waterfall hikes? Let us know!
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