The road is closed, but there is a large area to park on both sides of the Big Cottonwood Canyon road. Just under three-quarters of a mile of easy hiking brings you to a unique waterfall that plunges through a hole in the rock and into a small cave. North Salt Lake Tourism; North Salt Lake Hotels; North Salt Lake Holiday Rentals; Flights to North Salt Lake; North Salt Lake Restaurants; North Salt Lake Attractions 6200 South turns into Wasatch Boulevard. If the gate is closed, just park outside the gate and walk up the road. Donut Falls Hike Sunday (Father’s Day) we went on a hike with our friends Nate, Emily and their three lovely red headed children. Nowhere is that rule so blatantly disregarded than here. We quickly packed a back pack with snacks, a … Along the trail you can see all different types of wildflowers. Located up Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Salt Lake Valley, Donut Falls is one of the most popular waterfall hikes in the state of Utah. The hole in the top of the cave was formed after centuries of water wearing down and eventually breaking through and collapsing the rock creating the “donut” where the water rushes through. From the bottom of the falls, two sections of waterfall are viewable. There is this very steep, rocky slope one has to climb down right before the falls. Once past the signs the trail begins to gently climb and will pass a small meadow surrounded by tall pines and aspen. Reaching the small cave requires you to climb and scramble about one hundred feet up over large rocks through the runoff from Donut Falls. Once past the the outcropping, you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the runoff of Donut Falls. We hope you enjoyed this information. In Early March my girlfriend Mel and I wanted to go for a hike, however we wanted to go somewhere new. It isn’t too difficult if you take your time and the water level is low, if you’re a fit hiker and have some basic climbing skill. The stream and drainage the route follows are known as Mill D South Fork. If you choose to climb up to the falls, take extra care. It's easier to find the origin of real doughnuts than it is to find who discovered Donut Falls. On our visit we noticed people from 1 to 2 years of age to the elderly having a great time in the great outdoors. Depending on the time of year you may need to park at the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road parking lot and hike up to the falls from here. Then, start being on the left and continue for a while. The trail passes through spruce forest, aspen, and open meadows before entering a narrow, rocky drainage below the falls. This is easily one of the best waterfall hikes in Utah. Turn left at the traffic signal, staying on Big Cottonwood Road for 9 miles. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, durch schönen Wald und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. See my GPS coordinates above for locations for both of these spots. Though it's not recommended, many visitors scramble up the boulders to the falls above. At the top there is a really steep waterfall with a donut hole shape in the middle. If coming from north of Salt Lake City, take I-15 north to I-215 east. You hike through the forest, past some meadows, and next to the stream that comes down from the waterfall. With its close proximity to the city, and short distance, it is an ideal family hike that children will love. Pets – Not permitted. Hotels near (SLC) Salt Lake City Intl Airport; Hotels near (PVU) Provo Airport; Hotels near (OGD) Ogden-Hinckley Airport; All things to do in North Salt Lake; Things to do near Donut Falls. Once on the trail, there was a spot that we found ourselves waiting in line on the trail. A short hike at donut fallsEquipment:Gopro session,sony 4k action camEdits - Final Cut ProInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/abenoeric Oh boy. What I thought was going to be a simple hike in Rock Canyon turned out to be a journey and an adventure. Located up Big Cottonwood Canyon, the trail is named after the unique waterfall feature where Big Cottonwood Creek gushes through a donut-shaped hole in the mountainside. We did this hike for the first time when we had a 2 month old and a 3 year old, and everyone loved it. The trail has a slight elevation gain but is great for hikers of all ages. Due to morning swim lessons, we went in … Continue reading "Donut Falls" Yep, not a good idea. He calls ants his "friends." Turn in and continue up the road for 0.8 miles to the trailhead. Print for free, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. Donut Falls is an easy-to-moderate hike and one of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake area. This hike is suitable for all hikers regardless of age or hiking experience. However, to get there requires a steep, exposed rock climb that I do not recommend. Be sure to leave your furry friends at home, as Big Cottonwood Canyon is watershed territory. The trail passes through spruce forest, aspen, and open meadows before entering a narrow, rocky drainage below the falls. It’s only 3 miles roundtrip from here so it still isn’t that far. In the spring of 2003, a hiker died at Donut Falls, prompting the closure. When we arrived at Donut Falls we had the whole place to ourselves for nearly a half an hour. Travel up the canyon road 9.0 miles, and you will come to a large parking lot with restrooms. Turn left onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, and follow it for 9.0 miles to the Jordan Pines picnic area which will be on your right. Trail – Dirt, some rock The only downside is it gets pretty crowded. (We’d love to connect with you! Remember this trail is very popular so be prepared for the crowds. This is a short and easy hike making it good for all ages. That is where you want to sled. If coming from the south, Take I-15 nort… If you’re very very careful you can get across without getting your feet wet. Nonetheless, start moving towards your right; after a few steps, you will find the Donut falls right before you. Once you find your parking spot, walk down the closed road for about 1/4 mile. People always wade across the river to climb up to the waterfall. I know summer (especially high summer) is temporary, but avoiding sunburns and heat exhaustion is priority right now, while still enjoying the varying landscape. Adam is an experienced hiker and canyoneer, who has visited some of the most breathtaking and remote places in the United States. If coming from north of Salt Lake City, take I-15 north to I-215 east. The trail starts to south of the parking lot by the restrooms. At the off-ramp, turn left and go south for 1.7 miles. Donut Falls is a short hike with a big payoff. This is a hike that one can complete in only an hour and a half, and with it being so close to Salt Lake City, makes for a great afternoon hike. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot. As you are traveling south on 6200 South for 1.7 miles, it turns into Wasatch Blvd. The trail winds through woods and meadows and offers beautiful views of the surrounding terrain and stream. Sunday Hike to Donut Falls. But depending on the time of year and the skill of the hiker, plan on having to hike across slippery rocks and through a few inches of water. In just a couple of minutes you’ll find that the stream you crossed is on the left side of the trail, and you’ll have a small rock outcropping that you’ll scramble over. You will see large brown signs leading you to Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. On June 7th, 2014, a 40-year-old woman died after falling 100 feet to the bottom of the falls while climbing a steep, rocky trail that goes above the falls. Difficulty – Easy The trailhead is near the Jordan Pines picnic area and is well marked. Donuts Falls is actually about 3 miles down the road, but it is near the outer parking area for Donut Falls. Donut Falls, North Salt Lake: See 90 reviews, articles, and 118 photos of Donut Falls, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 9 attractions in North Salt Lake. Amount of water recommended – 1-2 liters Donut Falls Once upon a time (April 18th, 2015), I convinced my lovely parents that it would be a good idea to hike Donut Falls just a few days after it had SNOWED. Donut Falls is located close to Salt Lake City and is very popular. On a weekday, if you get there by 9am there should still be a couple of spots left. Donut Falls is a family-friendly, 3-mile, our-and-back hike. The reward is a unique waterfall that flows through a “donut hole” in the top of a cave. It is nice to know that this beautiful hike has been set aside for public use and is less then a ½ hour drive for most living in the Salt Lake Valley. Just under three-quarters of a mile of easy hiking brings you to a unique waterfall that plunges through a hole in the rock and into a small cave. However, every time I’ve hiked up to Donut Falls, either the trailhead parking was full and I had to turn around and park out along Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, and walk up the road to the trailhead. 6200 South turns into Wasatch Boulevard. On the weekends, don’t be surprised to see a couple of families enjoying donuts somewhere near the falls! The turn off to the Donut Falls Hiking Trail is located approx 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. I saw only a handful of people coming back from the falls. Shortly after turning onto the jeep trail the trail splits and you’ll want to stay to the left, although both will eventually come together. It took us around 40 min from the car park to the bottom of the waterfall. Turn right at the Jordan Pines picnic area and if the gate is open, (typically open from April to October) continue for 0.8 miles to the trailhead. This hike is probably easy when the trail is NOT completely covered in snow, slush, and ice. Turn right a travel down the paved road past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area past some private property to the trail head parking area. Donut Falls and the entire Mill D South drainage system are all a part of the Big Cottonwood Canyon watershed, so swimming, wading, and your dog are prohibited at these locations. Each time we’ve hiked to this falls, we started from Cardiff Fork turnoff, which made the hike on the order of 3.2-3.8 miles round trip. I highly recommend you scramble up the rock face to see the opening. This shows the route one would take to reach the falls. Check out more of our favorite hikes HERE. We look back and have a good laugh, but we learned our lesson. Silver Lake; Bout Time Pub & Grub Hike to Donut Falls Today we ventured with the boys to Donut Falls. I think everyone from Salt Lake County was on the hike! The stream and drainage the route follows are known as Mill D It's a 1.5 mile hike that is fairly easy. Approximate hiking time – 1-3.5 hours depends on where you have to start the hike Kid Friendly Hike? They’re pretty but not terribly impressive. Hopefully, you are lucky enough to start the hike from the Donut Falls trailhead. On our first visit in Memorial Day Weekend 2017, the Cardiff Fork Road to the Mill D Parking Lot was closed so we had to walk this additional mile-long stretch to reach Donut Falls . Once close to the falls the trail leads you next to the stream and you can hear the cascading water in the distance. Copyright © 2020 UtahOutdoorActivities.Com. Turn left at the traffic signal, staying on Big Cottonwood Road for 9 miles. At the off-ramp, turn left and go south for 1.7 miles. If the gate is open, then you can park at the actual Donut Falls trailhead parking lot. We didn't really get a good picture of it. Elevation gain – 337 feet The parking lot at the trailhead was full, as was the parking area off of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Donut Falls is a great family hike in Northern Utah just up Big Cottonwood Canyon. I was luckily enough to hike Donut Falls in the late afternoon on a weekday. Estimated time from the trailhead to the falls is one hour. It isn’t a bad walk up the road to the trailhead, but expect for it to add another 30-45 minutes and one mile each way to your hike. Enjoy the scenery, take plenty of pictures of this unique waterfall! The parking lot offers parking for several cars, however due to the popularity of this hike this lot fills up fast especially on the weekends. This hike is easy and beautiful. Also as with all outdoor activities please watch the weather, bring plenty of water, a cell phone, a snack and be safe! They had such a great time! As we all stood in in a very long line of people both coming and going in the 90 plus degree high-altitude heat, next to a fast flowing mountain stream, I imagined that we were actually waiting in line to climb Mount Everest’s deadly Khumbu Icefall . The whole thing took 2 1/2 hrs. We all had a great time, but we will be sure to go a month or so earlier next year to be able to see leaf colors at their peak. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot. If you are hiking when the trail that is covered with snow, move uphill for some time till it forks. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert werden. Once at the small cave, you can stand up inside it. The reason for the name is because the waterfall comes out of a round hole. Even though there was snow and the trek up was a lot more slippery than we thought, the view at the end was worth in. Last year for our anniversary we tried it out, but we had Cailyn with us so going up to the falls was out of the question (those rocks aren't really kid friendly). Hiking Donut Falls So I've been wanting to hike Donut Falls for a really long time. The stream and drainage the route follows are known as Mill D South Fork. Head south to 6200 South. We hope you enjoyed this information. I remember the first time we hiked to Donut Falls, it was Memorial Day weekend. As an instructor for Desert and Wilderness Survival, and for Leave No Trace camping practices, he shares his passion and respect for the outdoors to all. Derek Derek Gifford/Alltrails . Adam is currently a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scout of America, and is an Eagle Scout. The trail passes through spruce forest, aspen, and open meadows before entering a narrow, rocky drainage below the falls. Elevation at Donut Falls – 7830 feet As mentioned, chances are the area near and around the falls will be choked with hikers on the trail and scrambling up the stream, and in the cave , so getting pictures of the falls without people in the shot may prove difficult. This is the side trail where the most recently fatality at Donut Falls occurred. There is ample parking at the trailhead and public restrooms. Up Big Cottonwood Canyon at the awesome Donut Falls. From 2004 to 2007, Donut Falls was closed to the public as it was on private land, but in the summer of 2007, Salt Lake City purchased the property for $1.3 million, and then reopened the falls to the public. The trail leads you through dense pine trees, across streams, and to the base of a spectacular feat of nature - a donut-shaped waterfall. Back To Big Cottonwood Canyon Hiking Trails. Back in 1990, a man fell through the “donut” of the falls and died, so there can be dangers on this hike, so always use good judgment. 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