Bells Canyon Trail to Lower Falls is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September.
1st time on this trail in winter, fun stuff! Snow is very packed down on Granite trail and pretty icy up to reservoir, glad I had poles and slip-on spikes/crampons(OUTAD brand on AMAZON only $25, soooo worth it). The closer you get to the waterfall the more beautiful the surroundings, but the more steep and slick so be careful!
Great hike, well used. The snow was packed so I didn't have to use my snow shoes. A little bit slippery. I would recommend using a par of the hiking cleats to give you better traction.
Takes a quick 20-45 to get to the reservoir. From there you can access dozens of trails or head up to the waterfall. I've hiked it over 50 times this year and still have so much to explore. It isn't too deep in the canyon so the conditions aren't brutal.
It is a quick getaway for me even in my busiest of days.
This is a popular hike with a well groomed trail. And although the last quarter mile is steep (as depicted on the elevation map) the rest of the hike is moderate at best and to be honest not that interesting. Admittedly the falls and the canyon are quite beautiful. If you continue past the falls, the trail will end in a nice overlook. That said, with all of Utah's beautiful trails, this is not a hike I'd recommend.
I love this hike! It's a fairly moderate elevation gain until the very end it picks up a bit and there's a long stretch of bouldering rocks up hill. Once you gain the elevation to the water fall, there's a bit of technical hiking to get down to the water fall so just be careful there if it's Icey or wet. But the pay off is worth it, very rewarding views of Salt Lake City as well as the lower waterfall it's self is beautiful.
Several places along the way to use a life straw or water purifier as well.
It is not for the beginner weak of heart. Pretty steep with a few spots that level off. Beautiful aspen trees and a little reservoir a little from the trailhead. Very steep close to the end of the trail where the falls are at. Worth the hike!
Great trail! Hiked in the rain and trail was just fine.
if you love rocky trails that stretch your ankles , this is a fun one. the last quarter mile to the falls can kick your butt and watch your footing as it's a little slick. if you feel safe about scrambling up past the falls on the right hand side and crossing over them at the top, there are some incredible views with mountains on each side and the valley below , I was even able to lay down and catch some rays!
Hard. Rocky have good shoes, water, energy. Not marked ask other hikers how to get to the waterfall. If not you will just keep climbing.
This is a beautiful, challenging hike. Not sure I would do it again all the way to the falls, though. The last third of a mile is a climb up a field of boulders and then to get a decent view of the falls, you have to descend a short, steep hill with loose dirt. I recommend bringing plenty of water and snacks and wearing good boots and using trekking poles for the descent. This hike is on the harder end of moderate if you're in reasonably good shape.
Little challenging in the second half of the trail. Beautiful falls, would definitely do this trail again.
it was a nice moderate hike. it gets a bit rocky when you get closers to the falls. really beautiful fall colors.
Great hike. Only the last quarter mile or so to the falls is hard, and even then. not that bad if you slow down a little. If you're in reasonably good shape, it should be no trouble for you.