Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy hike. Busy, go early for parking spaces. Such a beautiful scenery!

Great hike to lower water falls. No snow on the trail. Lots of water going over the water fall. Did this with 8 and 10 year old. Last half mile is more step, but not to bad.

15 hours ago

Water is pretty high with run off and gate is still closed so that adds a mile to hike. Chipmunks are out and adorable.

Pretty and enjoyable. I definitely do it again, and our two year old managed it quite well. But super crowded. There were so many people in The Grotto that was didn’t spend a lot of time there. So avoid on holidays/weekends!

Good trail, little rocky and bigger steps at the top. Good for the family (not older grandparents though).

So... There is nowhere to park by the reservoir and the road these directions lead to is washed out really bad as you round the water to the parking lot (the lot for the south trailhead). It’s also extremely narrow so we had to back out the rough road because there was a 1-2 foot drop off that was impossible to get around!
Decided to brave the north trailhead since we were then stuck on that side and it was NO joke! This should be rated “HARD”. Luckily it was morning - any other time of the day we would have melted. It’s straight up the mountain and there is NO coverage for quite a climb. There are also washed out bits on both trails (north and south) that are pretty scary, so just be aware.
I was following the map provided for this hike (because I didn’t want to do the 4.5 miles) but it stops 2 miles short of the waterfall. Very misleading!!! Ends up being much longer than the 4.5 if you make it to the falls. If you’re looking for this particular hike because of the waterfall but want a MUCH easier route - just do the regular one (south trailhead) because this particular write up for the hike is extremely misleading!
Wouldn’t recommend taking any sort of kids on this trail either, and would only recommend it for people that are hard core hikers!!!
Coming down we took the south trailhead because we missed the north - and then had to hike all the way back up to our car! Long day for me the dog and the baby. Ugh!
*Also, there is one part towards the top where you cross the stream on rocks (not a bridge like the rest of them). You can tell people have gotten lost cause there is a makeshift trail but I knew 2 minutes in we were off with all the ruggedness and grow out!

Perfect little hike for awesome views of the salt lake valley. Gorgeous trail. I started on the northern trailhead, just below the mouth of little Cottonwood canyon. Steeper than the other southern side but I like his end more

20 hours ago

Pretty trail but way to crowded. Probably better during the week.

Did this trail with my little family today (Husband, 10 yr old son, 1 yr old daughter and myself). It was fun with lots of beautiful views! Watch out for them snakes though...we ran into one.
Def worth the hike up to the top. I would recommend beginning late afternoon / early evening so you can watch the sunset on the way back down. We will be going again for sure!!

Steep and yes dry at the bottom. But get up higher and you get into lusher vegetation. Great to explore around the falls. I’ve done this many times hiking and even on my mountain bike. Fun hike with a friend.

It feels farther than it is, but it's an enjoyable hike and totally worth it!

Would definitely rate it as moderate and not hard. Beautiful views!

great view halfway up

A bit tough, steep elevation gains but worth the views. Plus the water fall at the end is pretty cool

Hard but totally worth it!! Be prepare to be sore the next day, and drink a lot water.

Awesome trail. I took my ten year old my Jack Russel and everyone did fine. It was a little more challenging than the average trail, but not too bad and definitely worth it.

SO MANY PEOPLE - trail is not wide enough and so it is hard to pass. Not sure would bring kids - saw a couple snakes on the path today. also has poison ivy.

Great hike.

The waterfall is insanely amazing and breathtaking. Worth every difficult step (especially the last part).
I was planning on 4.4, but somehow ended up with 6 miles round trip. I’m not sure if there’s an entrance that I missed at a different spot. Six miles made it quite long, and we had kids with us. We got so far committed, we couldn’t turn back, but t proved to be difficult with young ones.
Definitely worth it!!

Perfect morning hike before it gets too hot midday. Definitely worth the slightly rocky terrain once you get to the falls. Will definitely do this hike again

Nice hike. It's very busy during the summer season, but still fun.

2 days ago

Beautiful hike next to the mountain stream, awesome views of the valley, canyon, and the waterfall. It’s pretty steep! I found the rattlesnake in the first part of the rock fall between some boulders.

Bells Canyon Trail was my first ever hike in Utah, first mountain land and VERY FIRST WATERFALL!! The views are good at first but there are houses just a few hundred yards away. However, they get more and more amazing as you pass the lake and the stream. Once you get closer to the falls the hike becomes pretty steep but it’s worth it. Amazing place all around.

3 days ago

Loved the view of the waterfalls! It was beautiful. The hike was moderate. It took longer than I expected but it was worth it!

From the start of the South trailhead near Pepperwood, our distance totalled JUST UNDER 6 MILES ROUNDTRIP, definitely not 4.4...though I see the map to this uses the other trail start... Just be aware! We do this hike about once a year and love it. VERY clean (good job picking up your trash, everyone!)
Its basically the kitchen sink of hikes...steep stepping, nice smooth forest trail, some safe scrambling, scrub oak, pine forest, desert, shaded creekside trail, bridges, a fun reservoir, beautiful wildflowers, AND OF COURSE THE GORGEOUS WATERFALL! We did this with my brother and sister in law with our combined 5 kids. Our 3 year olds were very very slow and had multiple meltdowns, but we made it...in about 6 miserable hours, but that view is SO worth it! We hike very often, though, and I'm not sure I would recommend this to other familes with young kids, unless you're ready to help carry them! For most, the reservoir is a great destination with plenty of accomplishment.

it’s a subtle burner on your legs at first then increases dramatically. a beautiful hike with a gorgeous overlook of the weber state campus and the rest of the ogden valley.

3 days ago

We hiked it with our little one (9 months) she was in a carrier the first time for her. The beginning part you have to hike the road because the gates aren't open to drive it yet. We started about 7 and two moose crossed our path. We saw deer as well, the nature part was amazing. The trail was easy to follow and the scenery was green. The trail was muddy and slick, wear trash shoes with plenty of traction. Enjoy the beautiful colors, the weather was overcast it had just rained and was cold. Hiking in the evening wear layers.

My friend and I hit the trail afternoon in a rainy day. we couldn't make it to the donut falls as it started raining at the part where the climbing became complicated so you have to walk on rocks by the side of the river. it would be risky in dry days though. views of the snowy top mountain are amazing. Enjoy!

Great trail to take the kids and dogs. Get there early!

4 days ago

Great hike for a late spring day. Elevation gain is 1259 feet, but the waterfall at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Saw lots of dogs and people of all ages on the trail.

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