A Work In Progress
The Centennial Trail was completed in 2004 marking the 100 year anniversary of Twin Falls, Idaho. It would connect to the Snake River Canyon Rim Trail but for private property. This trail showcases Shoshone Falls, named for the local Indians. It is sometimes referred to as the Niagara of the west. The Snake River falls 212 feet here off a rim 900 feet wide making it 36 feet higher than Niagara Falls. The falls are so magnificent that documents show many pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail would take a side trip to view the falls.
The falls were donated to the City of Twin Falls in 1932 with the stipulation it be a public park. The park is a jewel with drinking water, restrooms and a concession stand.
The trail starts by the concession stand. Several placards explain the geology of the canyon and subsequent history including the building of a power plant to harness some of the energy. The trail is paved most of the way and offers views from the edge continually with three different perches which extend over the edge of the rim for unencumbered views. The trail is steep in sections as you climb 357 feet in less than a mile. The trail has several switchbacks. There are several small water falls along the trail from the many springs and tributaries in the area. When the trail tops out at the rim it continues following the rim to the west where it ends at an electrified fence marking private property. Beyond the fence about 100 feet in front of you is what is left of the launch ramp for Evel Knievels attempt to jump the Snake River. Return the way you came and perhaps catch a great rainbow effect from the falls.
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