Donut Falls Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
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The turn off to the Donut Falls Hiking Trail is located approx 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot. The trail starts to south of the parking lot by the restrooms.
Great winter hike but in the summer its over crowded with little kids running around screaming everywhere.
Donut Falls Trail was packed but well worth the crowd! I happened to go up on a Sunday that also happened to be father's day. I was lucky to have found parking. The trail was an easy one shared with a lot of families and you have the option once you reach the falls to stay at its base and enjoy the view or you can climb the rocks all the way up to the donut and even past the ledge where you will find a beautiful stream running over more rock and fallen trees.
Loved this hike. We used snowshoes, but most hikers were just in boots or had crampons. The falls are awesome in the winter. There is so much snow up there right now...had a great time tromping off in the deep snow.
I hiked this today in regular snow boots! The trail is so packed down now that I was okay not wearing snowshoes! Of course, the majority of people do use snowshoes though. It was beautiful and fairly well-marked for being so snowy. You do have to walk about a mile up the road from the parking lot to get to the actual trial because the gate to drive up is closed for winter. It was a great hike- not too hard, not too easy (because of the added difficulty added by snow). I will definitely come back to this hike during the spring.
Great Hike! Trail is so packed you don't even really need snowshoes.
Really nice hike. The last bit climbing up next to the waterfall to the "donut" is a bit dangerous, but it's beautiful, once you get there.
Beautiful. One of my favorite hikes. Very easy. I like to go up in the summer because you can drive to the bottom of the trail vs. before or after when you have to walk there. Very fun. I enjoyed climbing to the falls.
Water level near the falls is pretty low, which makes crossing the creek and, for the ambitious thrill seekers, climbing to the top waterfall much easier. The trail is pretty muddy past the official trailhead, so be careful of slipping.
Upper trail head parking is closed for the season, so you'll be adding an extra bit of time and distance to your hike. Keep left at the forks, and be weary of slippery rocks.
Is the trail closed? November 13 today, but I see people tracked their hike this month. App says it's closed October