If you are looking to get away from the crowds this is not the hike for you. If you have small children who picked all the marshmallows out of their Lucky Charms for breakfast, then this is the perfect hike to get some of that sugar out of their systems.
When I originally researched this hike I found 3 different site, all 3 gave me different mileage ranging from 1.2 to 1.8 round trip. I am a firm believer that there is no way this hike is more than a mile round round trip. It took me 15 minutes to get to the falls and 7 minutes to get back to my car. I was stuck behind 20 eight year olds for about 6 minutes on the way up. They had way too many marshmallows for breakfast.
At Battle Creek Falls the trail splits. You can go right which takes you down below the falls or stay left and get above them. For those of you who like to rappel there are 3 bolt (no webbing) on the left side of the wall about 10 feet from the falls.This means if you want to rappel your rope will be strung across the trail and hikers coming by will have to duck under your rope to get past. Hopefully hyperactive children don't decide to play (grab and bounce) on the the rope while you're on rappel. The other issue issue I for see with rapping here is the loose rock. While it may not affect the rapper, it will fall and could clobber some unknowing victim that's playing below
If I could make a suggestion for you thrill seekers out there. Walk across the river above the fall. There is a sturdy tree one could rap off of and you wouldn’t be in the way of hikers and rock is less likely to fall from this spot, but you will be directly in the falls. another option would be take a bolt kit with you. There is a nice slab of rock about a foot above the riverbed which would be a nice place for bolts and you would be out of the way of hikers and you could still stay dry.
Anywho, let’s get back to the hike. Battle Creek Falls is roughly 50’ and most people turn around after sitting by the refreshing falls. The force from the water makes it nice and breezy on a hot day. If you’re lucky you might even score some booty. I came out with a hat and some girly sunglasses. I could have had some sweet smelling pink socks and some earplugs, but I forgot my rubber gloves.
You can continue hiking above the falls all the way to Dry Canyon (depending on which USFS sign you follow it is either 1.1 miles or 2.5 from Curly Spring. Curly Spring is 1.3 miles from Kiwanis Park according to the Forest Service sign which seemed right to me. It is a little over a ½
mile from the 50’ falls. There are several small falls on the way which are more scenic than the main fall, in my opinion. The spring was not that impressive however. There was enough water to saturate the ground and the Mountain lion print was quite impressive
I chose not continue on to Dry Canyon as I had all ready ate all my granola bars….maybe another day.