Donut Falls Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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.
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
Great hike for my family including 3 year old. The app does not take you to the trailhead. It says to park on the left. You actually have to drive up a road to the right a bit to get to the parking lot/bathroom. We hiked about 1000 feet up the trail to the left. It actually goes to a lake but we turned around and drove across the street.
Easy trail and GREAT for kids. Bring extra socks ;-)
This trail is super easy until you get to the falls at the end. You have to climb up a rock wall to get to the cave at the top where the "donut" is. It's very slippery and cold, but if you manage to get all the way to the top it is really awesome. I wouldn't recommend this for small children. It would be to dangerous for them to climb the rocks.
Turn right onto Cardiff fork road to get to the trail head!
Took a two year old and four year old on this hike. Was a little long for the two year old. Very muddy and slick from snow patches. Beautiful colors though. Read a review that said the trail was on the opposite side of where the app takes you but that wasn't the case. We just got to cross the street twice. Trail head was on the south side by a large parking lot and restrooms.
Nice easy hike with beautiful colors!
Great little trail, i ran it but would recommend it for anyone (including families with kids). One note, the trailhead is on the opposite side of the road than what the app says (it's on the south side).
Nice falls, but the trail was not very well marked. With the assistance of fellow hikers I managed to find the falls. Saw 5 deer and two moose during the hike. Would like to go back and find the cave when I have more time.
We opted not to finish when we ran into a moose and his girlfriend. Beautiful creatures, beautiful hike. Will go back to reach the end!
Did this hike today. It was a beautiful hike. There is (limited) parking at the trail head up the road.
This was a great trail to hike. Be aware though, if you have small children with you, or if you don't climb too well, there is one spot where you have to climb down about a 10 foot rock wall. There is also a small stream to cross, though it's not deep at all. Once you reach the falls you can stay at the bottom and enjoy the scenery from there, or you can climb up some moderately difficult rocks to get to the cave. Keep on climbing to get to the top. What a view!
Most overrated hike in the Wasatch.