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Ricks Creek – Farmington Utah

Farmington, Utah – Northern Utah

Parking Lot Elevation

4699 ft

Summit Elevation

4801 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

102 ft

This Trek is located on Private Property!  

I didn’t know it at the time (there were no “No Trespassing” signs, gates or any of the sort so I had no idea I was trespassing).  Please do not attempt to go on this property or area without the permission of the land owners.

The Trail:

Here is the Firebreak Road trail

Here is the Firebreak Road trail

This is a very easy hike and readily enjoyed throughout the year during all seasons.  On a warmer than usual January day I took to the trail and hiked up to Ricks Creek.  I have heard my brother talk about this place so I thought it would be a good time to finally scout out.

Old canal system near Ricks Creek

Old canal system near Ricks Creek

Just above the falls you will see evidence of an old canal system that funneled the water down the hill.  You will also see that it is vandalized with spray paint.

Old canal system near Ricks Creek

Old canal system near just above Ricks Creek

Ricks Creek waterfall in winter

Ricks Creek waterfall in winter

To get below the waterfalls there is a steep trail just below the main path you came up on.  Below the waterfall provides an amazing view of how the water seems to shoot out from above and into the shallow pool below.  The cold temperatures caused a giant ice pile to be formed at the base of the waterfall and the flowing water created a hollow chute down the center of the ice.

Side view of Ricks Creek waterfalls

Side view of Ricks Creek waterfalls

There is obviously much more water in the spring with all the snow melt but I was surprised at how much water was still flowing during the colder months.

The Return:

Head back the same way you came.

Personal Thoughts:

This was a good hike and a great way to spend 1+ hours.

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Rick T

This hike you posted and directions is all on private property. Centerville city will cite you and give you a ticket for trespassing.
Try Duel creek to the south great hike and also has a waterfall.