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Very easy going with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Best to go on a weekday or an evening on the weekend because it’s a very popular hike. Took us about 40 minutes to get to the falls.

The pave path most of the way makes this a much less strenuous hike until you get to the trail. There are many rough trails up marked by trail signs. I took the most eastern (up canyon) trail near the picnic table. It seems to be the best trail from what I saw

THERE IS POISON IVY EVERYWHERE! I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, especially in a hike rated only "moderate" and OK for at least older kids. We are experienced hikers, so I'm not giving it the half-hearted rating lightly. Also, I realize going in mid-September gave the trail a chance to really dry out and the poison ivy time to grow into large stands, but really, this warrants a mention. The trail to the bridge is decent with a lot of the elevation gained and then lost before you get to the red Bridge. After that, a lot of it is extremely narrow and steep (like a few degrees away from needing technical climbing gear. It gets very bad as you approach the second waterfall (which is not as picturesque in September as it probably was earlier in the year). Also, are the petroglyph closer to the upper waterfall than the map suggests? We got to the upper waterfall without seeing them, although it's only there that you see a rock face of the sort that you get petroglyphs on. At that point, though, the trail was so narrow and difficult to negotiate, we weren't looking up too much because a fall or slide would have landed us in a lush stand of poison ivy. At least on Bonneville Shoreline someone marks it. Our beef is less with the trail than with the really less-than-adequate description here.

Hiked this trail in January and it was covered in snow. Amazing hike. We accidentally went up a side path and went the wrong way, which was easy enough to figure out when we saw some skiers coming down it. Stay to the left lol
This hike is super easy even in the snow. Had a blast and the little falls that’s at the end was worth the little hike there.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail in January and it was covered in snow. Amazing hike. We accidentally went up a side path and went the wrong way, which was easy enough to figure out when we saw some skiers coming down it. Stay to the left lol
This hike is super easy even in the snow. Had a blast and the little falls that’s at the end was worth the little hike there.

Easy trail, somewhat protected with a gentle ascent, barely noticeable once you are on the trail. Only tricky part is getting down to the creek just before you get to the falls. Rocks are a little slick and you just need to be careful. Crossing the creek is easiest if you just get your shoes a bit wet. Gala are gorgeous and be really careful if you decide to head up to the falls.

very fun the donut was a hike to get to though.

Hiking on a weekday when it’s less busy? Want to shave 1.6 miles off the stated 3.0 mileage? Save yourself the aggravation and drive the 0.8 miles down the road to the ACTUAL trailhead. I really wish people used these reviews to provide useful information as was intended for this forum. The app incorrectly states that the trailhead is off the side of the highway but if you drive down the paved road for 0.8 miles you will see the actual trailhead. I was really irritated to add mileage walking down a private road which doubled the actual mileage of the hike — especially on a Monday when it wasn’t busy and there were spots at the trailhead. The trailhead isnt large so I imagine on weekends it would fill up quickly. I’d say maybe 20 cars can fit, maybe less. Wish I knew this before hand. Also once you make it to the waterfall if you want to see the actual donut hole that people photograph you have to hike up the waterfall over slick rocks. While this did not pose a problem for me, a lot of the reviews claim the elderly can do this hike and I’d like to clarify that it is true to a point given the climb up the waterfall itself. If you’re reading this please pass it forward and write useful information on these reviews so it helps everyone seeking information. Should be common sense. Don’t be a sheeple.

hiking
12 days ago

From Missouri reviewer: this trail was very easy. There’s a bit of an incline at the beginning but otherwise it was a great trail for all ages. The waterfall was beautiful but very rocky so be careful! We climbed up and over the waterfall to have lunch and it was lovely. Highly recommend for a quick hike for people not from Utah, and who aren’t use to the altitude but still wanna get outside.
Views: 5 stars
Trail difficulty: easy
Access to trailhead: easy drive up road.

first time hiking this trail. wow, 70 foot drops on sandy unstable slopes. rock walls. had to turn around, sketchy!

hiking
12 days ago

always love hiking this trail. sometimes you'll see animals sometimes not. but a great trail none the less.

The hike was great. It was busier than I expected based on other reviewers not seeing anyone. I wish people would follow leash rules for their dogs, though. We met 2 people who had 3 large dogs all off leash. Not only does this make me uncomfortable, but it also can damage the environment. The dogs were going in and out of the creek where there were beaver dams built up, not to mention the fragile moss and small flowers at creekside.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice trail. Hiked it yesterday morning. Saw a mule deer and young moose. To see the donut part of the falls you need to scale to the top of the falls.

hiking
13 days ago

Checked this out after coming down from Mill B - pretty little area and glad we didn’t just head back to the car, but I would hardly call it it’s own hike.

This was a very awkward hike. Kind of confusing on which trail to follow the further up you go. Trail isn’t well maintained, and is very dangerous in some parts. A lot of wasps on the trail where the trail is wet from the creek. Wasn’t all that scenic either. Only pro I can think of is you get a workout from it and it’s shaded. Won’t be doing this trail again.

Great. I’d definitely do it again. Only gave it 4 stars because we went in the heat of the day. Our mistake. The trail is shaded about 50% of way which really saved us.

Trail can be slipper. Take the trail on the left of the bridge. Don’t cross the bridge. A lot to see on this hike. Loved it!

hiking
15 days ago

Moderate hike, nice trails that are marked. Trail head was behind the bathroom building, we walked back from the falls on the dirt road next to the stream that connects back to the main road out. Waterfall is not running very fast but was still worth seeing. Able to get across the stream on rocks so didn’t get shoes wet, if water was higher you would want water shoes. Don’t forget a jacket if you go in the morning it can be 30 degrees colder in the mountains.

nature trips
15 days ago

Great hike! Easy enough for the young and old. The trail is well worn and plenty wide. Very high foot traffic so you won't get lost. The waterfall is fantastic. One of my favorites to visit.

I enjoyed the hike I noticed there is a point in which the trail breaks into two parts. One that goes to the stream that leads to the fall. And, was wondering if anyone knew where the other trail leads too

beautiful falls and shaded paved trail to the base of the falls. just pass the falls there is a bridge to the left with port-a-potties..to the right of the bridge is the safest way up the falls. it is dirt narrow trail that then turns to gravel and rock. Very narrow all the way up but not strenuous. Just nerve wracking that you could slip! We took our 12 yr kld daughter and I was so afraid she would slip. people were carrying babies and toddlers and i think they were nuts!! once to the falls it ia gorgeous and fun!

Fun trail with a great end to it.

on Donut Falls Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Classic. Haven’t been here in years. The water seemed pretty low this go around, but the waterfall is still beautiful.

Climb over the waterfall, and up the steep rock for a nice view of the canyon.

Such a pretty hike. Quick and easy for an after work activity.

This is a nice trail for a hot day as the temperature in the canyon is much cooler and the trail is almost completely shaded. Be aware that the drive up is a bit precarious! However, we made it just fine in my Ford Focus. Once snow hits I imagine this is inaccessible wo 4WD.

The trail follows the creek, the “swing” is about 1.1 miles into the hike. The trail can be really packed to that point, but was fairly empty past it. A lot of ppl seem to turn back at that point. As other mentioned, the trail does just “end” near the waterfall at the top. We hiked early in the morning when cooler, but as it warmed on our way down, the bees came out in full force! Something to be aware of if you have little kids, pets with you. At least during the end of summer. Nice hike with the dog bc tons of water access. Round trip about 5 miles in about 2.5hrs. I would definitely visit again

I logged a grand total of 0.25 miles to see the falls. And that’s only cause I didn’t recognize the Hidden Falls trail for what it was. I mistakenly took a right and started hiking the Mill B trail. While this is a short little “hike” it was pretty and a fun, quick after work diversion as the sun was setting.

walking
19 days ago

Very peaceful hike. late afternoon was a good time for less people and more shade.

hiking
19 days ago

It’s barely a hike but it’s worth it. There are two trails at the head. The left goes to the falls and the right goes to the Mill B North trail. The left trail is very short and you have to walk over some rocks in the creek if you want to get close to the falls. There is also an abandoned mine or something nearby. It’s cool to look at.

walking
20 days ago

It is so beautiful!! it's a very nice place to take your family or yourself for a nice walk. No parking fee.

hiking
21 days ago

We had our family campout at Spruces campground. there is a trail head right at the end of Spruces Campground that takes you all the way to the beginning of the trailhead to Donut Falls. With that being said, if you're going from Spruces up to Donut Falls it's 2.4 miles each way. We did take a nine year old and eight year old and 4 year old. After a little while the four-year-old was extremely tired and we had to carry her some of the way. The trail is pretty easy and not strenuous at all until you get to the falls. Each person has to help each other get down huge rocks and then climb huge rocks to get to the falls. if your going to go, take hiking sticks. They worked amazing and helped brace me going down the rocks and coming down the rocks. I would recommend wearing water shoes or at least bring water shoes. When you get to the very top there is a cave with water that goes maybe to your ankles. People were playing in it and having a blast. We did eat some snacks when we got to the too. Plenty of rocks to sit and enjoy!

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