From Highway 299 west, follow Crystal Creek road for 2 miles until you see the rehabilitated quarry area on your left. Huge piles of rock were removed from the tunnel between Lewiston Dam and Carr Powerhouse and deposited here. Walk the dirt road behind the gate for about 1/3 mile until you reach a picnic and barbecue area. The falls are immediately ahead of you. As you look at Crystal Creek Falls, you will see a small concrete structure on the right. This building houses an overflow valve for the tunnel. The valve is used when letting water out through Carr Powerhouse is not an option. The excess water from the tunnel then spills into Crystal Creek. When the overflow structure was built, the Bureau of Reclamation rerouted Crystal Creek. The creek was moved about 50 feet to the left to make a shortcut over the creek, creating this picturesque waterfall. This makes Crystal Creek the only “man-made” waterfall in the park. Another lovely waterfall can be reached by walking behind the cement building. This is not a maintained trail, so use caution as you walk up the steep and rocky route.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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