Hidden in a small, easily overlooked side canyon of Clarks Fork Canyon near Clark, Wyoming, Falls Creek plunges 100+ feet at Bridal Veil Falls. It is roughly 2 miles one-way to reach a good vantage point of the falls in a group of cottonwoods. People wanting a bit more adventure can scramble across some scree and up the creek to the base of the falls. The best time to go is in the late spring or early summer when there is plenty of runoff.
The journey begins from where the pavement ends at the Morrison Jeep Trail Trailhead in Clarks Fork Canyon and is a 30 to 40 minute drive from Cody, WY and Red Lodge, MT. This is the best spot to park and walk up the two track (Forest Service Road 119). Motorized vehicles are permitted on the road, but it is rocky enough that unless you have an ATV or Jeep it is probably best to walk it.
The hike follows the two track until you reach the point where Falls Creek crosses the road. Right before the creek there is an old two track that is blocked by boulders that you should start walking up. In a half mile you will reach some cottonwood trees where the falls become visible. This is a good shady spot to take a break and take in the view.
The walking after this point is quite a bit more difficult, but if you are confident crossing the creek, scrambling up rocks, and across scree, you can reach the base of the falls and feel its mist.
Beware of rattlesnakes – it is prime habitat for them and several people have reported seeing them. It is also not a bad idea to carry bear spray.
The Clarks Fork Canyon is heaven for a geologist – the anticline at the mouth of the canyon is hard to miss even for the non-geologist. To read more about the geology of the canyon check out geowyo.com/clarks-fork-canyon.html.
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