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Near Bliss in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Formation of Malad Gorge

 
 
Formation of Malad Gorge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
1. Formation of Malad Gorge Marker
Inscription. Thousands of years ago, immense flows of water from alpine glaciers and high levels of precipitation sent waters cascading over a broad area of the Snake River Canyon directly into the Snake River. Weak joints in the basalt walls gave way to these rushing waters at the mouth of Malad Canyon, concentrating the water into a narrow channel. These concentrated flows began to retreat and deepen over many years, following a zig zag direction that eventually created not one, but three canyons before diminishing to current water levels today.

The Devil's Washbowl - Canyon Cutting in Action
The waterfall (retreating cataract) that you can see down the gorge to your left, is a much diminished remnant of the great waterfalls that carved the 2 1/2 mile long, 250 foot deep canyon known as Malad Gorge. Can you imagine, looking at the current flows, what the waterfall that created Malad Gorge must have looked like? Along the edge of the canyon, you can see the water's power in smoothing and shaping the basalt rocks. Along the Northrim Trail and Woody's Cove area, you can see other examples of canyon cutting episodes of the past.
 
Location. 42° 52.046′ N, 114° 51.488′ W. Marker is near Bliss, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached
Masses of water and pressure cutting into weak basalt joints formed deep canyons image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
2. Masses of water and pressure cutting into weak basalt joints formed deep canyons
Close-up of graphic on marker
from Ritchie Road 0.4 miles north of County Road E2350S. Click for map. Marker is located in the Malad Gorge Unit of Thousand Springs State Park. Above directions are to the entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Bliss ID 83314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Malad Springs (here, next to this marker); Woody's Cove / The Hagerman Valley (approx. 1.5 miles away); History of the Malad River (approx. 2 miles away); Fossil Beds (approx. 3.1 miles away); Salmon Falls (approx. 8.4 miles away); Thousand Springs (approx. 8.4 miles away); Fishing Falls (approx. 10.7 miles away); Payne's Ferry (approx. 10.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bliss.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the end of Gorge Overlook Trail, a 1/3 mile walk from the parking lot for the Devil's Washbowl (Stop 1 on the park road tour). The trail crosses over the gorge by pedestrian bridge and follows the north rim of the gorge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Malad Gorge - Thousand Springs State Park. (Submitted on February 1, 2014.)
2. Malad Gorge Self-Guided Tour Brochure. (Submitted on February 4, 2014.)
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Devil's Washbowl image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
3. Devil's Washbowl
Close-up of left photo on marker
Aerial Photo of Malad Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
4. Aerial Photo of Malad Gorge
Close-up of right photo on marker
Devil's Washbowl image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
5. Devil's Washbowl
View to the east from marker
Malad Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
6. Malad Gorge
View to the southwest from marker
View to west from Gorge Overlook Trail bridge</center> image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 15, 2010
7. View to west from Gorge Overlook Trail bridge
Marker can be seen in distance at the edge of the gorge rim to the right
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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