Continuing a run of waterfalls all within Dunn County today and my next stop is at Tripp Falls. Access is not very clear-cut but is relatively easy if you know where it’s at. Start by parking off the shoulder of the road to begin your hike up the creek/drainage.
Just a few feet down the hill you will find the creek bed. It’s very shallow but you will get wet feet so bring the proper footwear. I was using my standard 8″ waterproof hiking boots and those were major overkill but it was the only thing I had with me.
Here’s a view looking upstream. Water levels are low and the forest is wild and overgrown making it look like a giant green tunnel.
The creek runs through a sizeable gorge with high sand cliffs on both sides. In a few spots you can see evidence of smaller drainages that likely make their own small waterfall after heavy periods of rainfall.
Another view of the cliffs nearer the falls. Plant life is lush and water is dripping from every surface. The rock faces are more exposed here and you can really see the layers of sediment – imagine how long it takes for that to happen!
Only several hundred yards from the road we are at the falls. Overall drop I would estimate around 10 feet or so. Water flow isn’t a spectacular rush like some others but it is still very nice to look at.
Scenery East of the Road
On the walk back to my car I decided to take a detour and check out what lies downstream. Firstly there is a large tunnel underneath the road that looks like a popular haunt for angsty graffiti artists.
Just outside the tunnel you will see a small bridge passing overhead. This is actually the Red Cedar State Trail running parallel to the Red Cedar River and is the same trail I walked down to find the Red Cedar Waterfall on my previous post.
The creek drains unceremoniously into the Red Cedar River with a drop-off that is maybe 1-2 feet high.
The best part about this section is the view across the Red Cedar River which is quite wide across to the other shore. It’s a very nice day outside with blue skies and mixed cloud cover. Not a bad way to enjoy a little fresh air!
All of the land surrounding the waterfall is private property. DO NOT TRESPASS! From everything I have researched, Wisconsin stream access laws should allow entry to this spot as long as you keep your feet wet, HOWEVER I am not a lawyer and make no guarantee that is the correct interpretation for this specific location. Laws for this type of access are a bit murky and generally you should err on the side of being overly-cautious. Five other families visited while I was there so it doesn’t seem this spot is a big secret, but it is possible we all unknowingly broke the law. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE if you choose to visit this spot. Be cool & respect the land.
Here’s a short video of the hike to see the falls. Enjoy! [UAV Info & Disclaimer]
This is a fairly easy spot to reach as long as you don’t mind getting your feet wet. The water isn’t very deep so my normal waterproof boots were plenty protection to keep me dry. Notice that my map screenshot shows Tripp Falls much further upstream – I’m still not sure this is the actual Tripp Falls or if there is a larger falls upstream. Going to check on this further in the future but I didn’t know any better during this trip.
Statistics show this is less than 1/2 mile round trip (even including me screwing around downstream of the road). Very flat, main challenge is just passing through the creek waters and uneven stones & branches.Lat = 44.8604202 , Long = -91.9517822 -- Show at Google Maps