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North Fork Park Waterfall – Liberty, Utah
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Overview
Location

Liberty, Utah

Sights

Mountains, Waterfall

Distance

1 mile out and back

Parking Lot Elevation

5,956

Summit Elevation

6,198

Elevation Gain/Loss

300 feet

Time Required

1-2 Hours

Pets

On leash

Fees

Not for hiking

Water Info

The trail gets a lot of sun so bring your own water for sure

Best Season

Spring, Early Summer

Sun Exposure

Much of the trail is in shade but can be very hot

Trail Condition

Well traveled but a few steep loose spots not suitable for very small children

Restrooms

Near trail head

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

Family Friendly?

Yes

GPS Coordinates:

North Fork Park Entrance:41.36629 N, 111.88583 W
Trail Head:41.37136 N, 111.92113 W
Waterfall:41.37290 N, 111.92772 W

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Driving Directions


The Trail:

This was a nice surprise for me. I have spent a lot of time in the Ogden Valley area but had never stopped at North Fork Park. This place is huge. There has to be at least 100 camp sites and some huge group sites. There are several great spots to have campfires as well. Another thing that surprised me because it is so close to Ogden is that this is a certified dark sky park and I love to see stars. I had never heard of the waterfall but came across a sign in the park that said simply “Waterfall.” The fall ended up being much larger than I was expecting. The park sits below Willard, and Ben Lomond Peaks and the area gives you great views of Willard Peak in particular. We also saw a Moose but I did not get any pictures of it.

The trail head has enough room for 5 or 6 cars.

From there simply look for the waterfall sign and head on up.

You can see the decent sized creek in a gully below you.

This ended up being a decent trail for families. My wife got to try out the baby pack for the first (and probably only) time. Haha. There were a few spots where you had to climb over logs and there is one steep loose hill you climb but most kids 5 or older should be just fine.

Here is a picture of the tricky hill.

The trail passes through very nice forest with great shade although it was still very hot.

Before long you will hear the waterfall. It really was much larger than I was expecting. I would guess about 30 feet. Here is a picture with my wife for scale.

The waterfall was a great spot to cool off with cool mist and take some good pictures.

There was a second short trail that is very loose and steep and not suitable for kids that takes you above the falls for a different perspective.

 

The Return:

This is an out and back trail and you must return the way you came.

Personal Thoughts:

This short steep trail was a pleasant surprise to a very pretty spot in Ogden Valley. The falls were awesome but probably die down quite a bit later in summer.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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