Lower and Upper Bell's Canyon Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Lower and Upper Bell's Canyon Reservoir Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

8.3 miles 4271 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
22 days ago

If hiking in the winter I recommend yaktrax if you want to make it to the falls
last summer :
Bell Canyon Trail has been my go to trail for the last few years! Both trail heads are very easy to find although I do tend to use the Bell Canyon Granite Trail Head the most, lactated at the beginning of Little Cottonwood Canyon on 9600 south. The other trail head is called Boulders Trail Head located on Wasatch Blvd just south of Bell canyon Granite Trail Head.
It took me roughly 20 minutes to hike to the lower reservoir witch was surrounded by thick green foliage giving the water a cool reflection of greens and blues. The parking lot was not completely full but there was still quit a lot of people enjoying the Water and the many look out points overlooking the reservoir and also, all of, salt lake valley.
As you fallow a wide trail around the north side of the reservoir you will come across a smaller trail that branches of slightly to the left, there will be a sign that states "Bell Canyon Trail" Fallow that marker Two miles up and you will reach the First waterfall! The last half mile before reaching the falls is steep remember to bring water and to have had a good meal prior to hiking :) Fueling your body right is key to making it to the falls as a happy hiker.
It took me an hour to hike up but I hear that it can take around two hours to reach the falls for some. It took thirty minutes to hike back to the first reservoir with running the first twenty minutes. It made for a nice run for an experienced trail runner.
I spotted dear, squirrels, rabbits, a small dark colored snake and heard a rattle warning a few feet off the trail.

3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

This hike was awesome, but it was really hard. Like really hard. Be prepared for climbing up rocks a good portion of it. And with the snow right now you have to be careful.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, didn't have time to complete the whole trail but scenery was amazing. After just moving here from Texas 2 weeks ago this is the hardest trail I've been on yet.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked to the upper reservoir. It is one of my favorite hikes in the valley. It's a rough climb and is a bit longer than what the website lists. It was closer to 9.5 round trip. But I love this hike and will definitely be doing it again.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

This is such a good quick hike to the reservoir! I love catching the sunset up here overlooking the valley

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I love water falls!!!

hiking
3 years ago