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Donut Falls - A Tasty Utah Hike
The final stage of the hike to Donut Falls

The final stage of the hike to Donut Falls

DISCLAIMER: There is no food provided on this hike, but we can promise you some fun.

One of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake City area, is a short and fun hike to the magnificent Donut Falls. It is an easy 3.5 mile total out and back trail. The trailhead is right of of the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. This hike is located in the watershed area, so dogs and swimming are not allowed.

Starting with a gradual trail through a beautiful creek bed and cottonwoods area, it's calming and easy. After a few miles you come to the waterfall scramble, you hike through some shallow waters and start your way up weaving your way up the rocks.

Donut Falls

Donut Falls

Eventually you reach the cave, where the oh so famous "Donut Falls" are. Due to the popularity of this hike you might have to wait to get into the cave. Once inside you'll be standing in icy mountain water, but with an incredible view of the waterfall.  

Cody above Donut Falls  

Cody above Donut Falls 

From here you can head above the cave to do a little more scramble hiking up or turn back to the trailhead. Cody did a little exploring above the cave and was awarded with some beautiful aerial views of the landscape and countless hikers on the trail. 

If you are in the Salt Lake City area and looking for a short, easy, but rewarding hike we recommend Donut Falls... especially throughout the summer and fall seasons. 

Bells Canyon Waterfall Hike
Bells Canyon Waterfall

Bells Canyon Waterfall

It has been awhile since we have had a post on here, but in January 2016 we sold our car.  Doing so we have found that it has been significantly harder to get out and explore! 

Salt Lake City has been on our list of places to visit for quite some time. We booked our trip back in June leaving us plenty of time to plan out our trip.  At the top of our list of things to do was hike as much as we could.  Something that makes Salt Lake City unique is its proximity to so many beautiful outdoor destinations.  

One of the resources we used to plan our trip was a website and app called The Outbound.  The Outbound offers trail guides, tips, and advice on everything from packing lists to directions to the trail head.  We came upon the Bells Canyon hike using The Outbound.

The trail head is only about 30 minutes outside Salt Lake City.  We went on a Saturday so the parking lot was full, but the trail is long enough that we only saw people in passing.  The beginning of the trail takes you to the watershed lake, which was nearly dry at the time we were there.  From the lake, we continued on up to the waterfall.  We got caught in a passing rain storm which gave us time to have a snack and take a few sips of water. The hike quickly turned into a near scramble as we huffed and puffed our way to the top.  

Sarah enjoying the beautiful stream running off of the waterfall

Sarah enjoying the beautiful stream running off of the waterfall

Stepping out from the woods to see the waterfall made every step worth it.  Not only was the waterfall beautiful, but the views of the valley were unbelievable as well.  We took time to enjoy the view and explored around the top.  After snapping some pictures, we headed back toward the valley.

A view of the valley from the top of the hike

A view of the valley from the top of the hike