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you can tell this is not one of the more hiked trails. a lot of over growth still nice trail.

One of my favorites.

First part of trail .5 miles is all sun and you feel like your in the desert. Then it turns along the river and all shade. Nice to follow river up to waterfalls. Waterfall is nice and you can splash around before heading down.

Oldie but goodie. Not too difficult for the most part. The last half mile or so may be a little challenging for kids.

hiking
5 days ago

This is my son's favorite trail. We have to do it every year. I have to admit with the heat I was not looking forward to it. Leaving later in the day was really pretty nice. The creek kept the heat down and the traffic was not too bad. Watched a great sunset on the way down.

This a beautiful hike but I am 60 and in pretty good condition and I would call this hike hard. There were lots of young people but not a lot of older adults (senior). As you get to the top you are climbing through the rocks at a fairly steep incline. That being said the payoff at the end, the falls, are amazing. It was worth the climb definitely.

My knees may never forgive me for this one. I mean, they still aren't talking to me...

Park right near the trailhead on 27th Street, we entered the trail through the left (north) gate. Note there are signs on the street that say no night parking (10 pm - 6 am).

The trail is clearly marked as you begin to head up. Just follow signs for Upper Taylor Canyon. I read on these comments to stay left, so here's exactly what happens when you do: ^_^ Keep following the trail as marked. The first place we got confused was when it looked like there might be a fork, but wasn't. (It looks like you could maybe continue straight, but that trails peters out.) There's a long skinny log to kind of prevent you from going straight, but it runs in the same direction as that non-trail, so that was a little confusing. You'll actually take a right over a wide, dry (Aug. 7, 2018) creek bed and follow up the trail here. You won't see water anywhere at this point (though small streams are in other areas). The first fork, take a left. You'll walk over rocks on a small creek with water (shoes don't get wet.) Hornets are out by the water! Don't worry, just walk calmly past them over the rocks. They won't bother you. Keep a'goin and there will be another fork. We stayed left again. You'll eventually come out into sun, but keep climbing and you'll find shaded areas again. There *IS* a destination here! We kept going, over a couple of rockways, into a skinny trail in the trees that narrows but is fun. There are some steep parts. You'll know you've "made it" when the trail opens to a tree surrounded by flat rock and several mounds of rocks as well. From here you'll get a great view of the valley below. We took about 2 hrs up, plus a 30 min lunch break along the trail. About 1.5 hrs back. Total time, 4 hrs.

But... beware!!!! If you have slight knee trouble going downhill, do not -- I repeat: DO NOT -- do this trail. Or at least, maybe don't go past that last fork. It took us so long to get back down because the descent was so steady (which was awesome going up, but a terror going down) and it hurt my *ahem, not even 30 yr old* knees like crazy. Also... you know that feeling when your toes shove into the front of your shoe because the hill is too steep?? Eesh! That too.

The trail itself is awesome! (4 stars here!) It's mostly shaded, it's not busy, you feel like you're right in nature and not on any man-made trail.... I'm glad we got to experience this. But oof. Personally, I wouldn't do this again just because the downhill was so brutal. (Knocked down to 3 stars.) I recommend trying it, especially if your knees are young and spry! :D It's pretty out here.

Beautiful

Great hike, shady most of the way. Really fun waterfall at the end that makes it all worth it!

I absolutely love this trail! It is a beautiful scenic hike with some challenging parts. The switchbacks are rough in the beginning since it is a steep incline. After that, make sure to go right when the trail splits, and then stick left close to the mountain all the way up to the waterfalls. There is a small waterfall before the large one. It is only about an extra ten minutes to the large waterfall once you hit the small waterfall. There are steep parts on the trail and toward the waterfall, I was almost rock climbing. The hike was challenging but very fun! There is always a place to stop and rest, too. I love hiking up along the side of the stream. Getting to the final waterfall was definitely worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

Fantastic hike with great views and a nice waterfall near end. Saw 5 people on trail. Only marked down a star due to the road being closed to trailhead. I understand its closed probably for leftover snow, but it's the end of April! It added about 2 miles to hike.

Fun hike, shaded in the trees. Couple of places for nice views. Drive up the canyon road till pavement ends and park there and trailhead is there. Didn’t do the super steep section (where rope is) down to 2nd waterfall. Between short legs and old knees I thought it best to skip that section. I am 65 and just getting into hiking and didn’t seem too strenuous at all. Much easier than getting to waterfall up Adam’s Canyon in Layton.

My husband and I and our friend Erin completed this hike on July 28.

We started the hike at about 12:30, and made it down around 3:30 (although we did jog part of the way down). It was a 100* day, and only 10% of the trail is shaded, so we were roasting. The trail is moderately inclined the entire way, with sections that are severely steep. We stopped probably 10 times on the way up.

The views at the top were great.... we're glad we made it! My only complaint for this hike is the directions. I've been on the Indian Trail multiple times and never noticed the turnoff for Hidden Valley.

Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone who is in good shape and ready to take on a serious climb.

love this trail. tried it as a beginner and made it to the top. now I come a few times a year. my kids love splashing in the water up at the waterfall

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is rated moderate but there are parts that are hard! The switchbacks at the beginning of the trail are tough because it is a steady incline and sandy. Once you get closer to the waterfall, there are some very steep parts that are borderline rock climbing/bouldering. With that being said, it was a fun and challenging trail.

hiking
17 days ago

gorgeous waterfall that pays off for the steep hike.

Nice trail but really confusing as to which way to go. We took our kids up (3 & 1) and it wasn’t too bad. We only went up about .75 of a mile though because my toddler got too tired. Definitely not a hike for toddlers.

Worth it to make it to the top! I’m an “older” hiker so I had to rest quite a bit but there was always a beautiful spot to sit.

hiking
21 days ago

Me and my wife finally made it to the top waterfall. The last few times we’ve tried she was 7 1/2 months prego and the next was with a 7 month old or so. We left the kids home this time and got to the top. Awesome hike. I just wish people would pick up dog poop!!!! If you have a dog pick up after it.....at least get the crap off the trail.

Awesome

Great hike! Took my 12 year old and was very glad my 4 year old wasn’t with me. Is such a great hike along the river up to the waterfall. Some tough incline spots, but very well worth it!!

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail! It was a little overgrown in places but not bad. I would recommend it!

hiking
25 days ago

Great views and nature, not too crowded so that is always a bonus.

The valleys and wildflowers are spectacular in spring. The uphill was in sections so not too much to take on.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful hike. I went on my own in the morning. I saw a few people on the trail, it was a Tuesday morning. Coming up I came upon people trail running down. Go in the morning because the first part of the trail is completely exposed.

Start this one early! We started at 9am, and after exploring the cave at the beginning, having a snack at the 1st waterfall (1 mile in), poking around all the old cars, and then playing in the big waterfall (2 miles in) for a while, we were hiking down around 2pm in the outrageous sun and temps. The descent to the big waterfall is very steep and about 40ft. down. There is a rope, and my 15 and 8 year olds handled it easily. My 12 and 10 year olds with autism basically slid down carefully on their bums while holding onto the rope. We played in the waterfall to cool down and had a great time. The climb out was a beast for my special needs kids, but they did it and were SO PROUD! Normally the trail back to the car seems to go by in a flash. This time it seemed never-ending. Must have been the heat. This trail is about 50/50 sun and shade, so at least we had moments out of the sun. This one would be gorgeous in the Fall.

I definitely recommend following peoples advice on previous comments as far as which path to take when a trail forks. I did my best to follow the map that is on the app but once I stop looking at it I did end up having to turn around and get re-oriented onto the path with the app map. Did not see any snakes. Saw lots of lizards, squirrels, and even a hummingbird. Tons of butterflies and flying creatures… Did not get stung by anything but I was moving pretty quickly which I think is key. On the map I did reach a grotto but higher up above the map THE grotto was pinned which I didn’t make it up that far, maybe next time. It is definitely hot so bring lots of water and sunscreen and maybe even a snack. I would not recommend bringing children due to the narrow path on steep hills, the slanted incline is very difficult to keep your traction plus some of the edges are very loose. Water level was pretty low so the water wasn’t pouring very fast or heavy but still beautiful and worth it

mountain biking
27 days ago

I decided to ride this trail and I was not disappointed. Here is what you need to know if you are going to bike this trail:
- Get ready for a climb. The first two miles are killer. But it's a good trail with the exception of the last quarter mile or so. The trail turns into loose gravel and cobbles so it's really hard to keep your momentum.
- After the climb, take the trail to the right and get ready for a great downhill and some great views of the valley you just climbed. Narrow single track. Mostly hard pack but it gets Rocky here and there.
- Now for why I gave 4 stars instead of 5. During the downhill, the trail gets very overgrown and super narrow. It is still way fun, but I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner.
- There are a few places where the trail splits. The one I ended up taking ended with a steep downhill through a wash. Kinda sketch. It spit me out on the road just down from where I started. I plan on exploring that area more in the future.

So yeah, great ride! Super pretty too. Enjoy!

Great hike. A little worn and overgrown in spots, but awesome nonetheless. Probably better during the early summer though ;) Would recommend.

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