Adams Canyon Trail

HARD 617 reviews

Adams Canyon Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Layton, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2864 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

scramble

washed out

Directions from Salt Lake City: Travel north on Highway 89 and take the first right past Oakhills Road (Layton City Water Tank). Take another right (south) on the frontage road. Park at the end of pavement at fenced off reservoir. Trail starts on north side of the reservoir. This trail has good access to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

2 days ago

Great hike, Saturday's are for the boys.!!

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3 days ago

I didn't think it was too difficult. Took a 7 year old and he did great!

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

A good waterfall to look at or to cool off in the summer if you like the cold water. I like running up the trail, but be careful there are a few narrow and steep spots. My youngest boy has done this hike at 5 years old.

5 days ago

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8 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. At the beginning of the hike there are a few steep switchbacks. However, after getting passed those it becomes fairly even the rest of the way.

There are a lot of trees along the trail so they provide some nice shade when hiking through it. The canyon walls help keep you in the shade as well. There are a couple of parts towards the last stretch of the hike that can be slick and do get a little steep so stay cautious.

At the end of the trail you're greeted to a beautiful waterfall. Be prepared to get your feet wet and cross the creek. Be careful when doing so because wet rock can be very slippery. Once across take a break and enjoy the view.

If you're hiking later in the day I recommend bringing a light jacket, even if it's warm out. It can be pretty cool near the waterfall and there's always a mist of water that will cool you down.

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10 days ago

This trail is great for a short hike! Started at 6pm, spent 30 minutes at the waterfall, and got back to the trailhead at sunset (9pm in mid-July). I rated four stars because (a) there were a few unmarked forks in the trail and (b) I slipped on a rock and slid down a rocky slope into the creek. It was more humorous than anything else, but it was inconvenient. Overall tho, this was a really fun hike with a great reward at the end. Also, coming back down, the view of the sunset was spectacular! I would divide this trail into four parts:
1) The trailhead parking lot, a short walk along a chain link fence, and then a lot of sharp switchbacks. This section climbs up the side of the Wasatch Range foothills and provides a nice warmup that mades the rest of the hike seem easier. There's some good views of the Salt Lake Valley along the climb.
2) After reaching the top of the foothills, the trail levels out into a fairly level and grassy stretch. This is were the view of the sunset was. It provides a great vantage point across most of the Salt Lake Valley, as well as a nice rest after the steep switchbacks. This is where the trail merges with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
3) The bulk of the hike, after turning off of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, climbs up thru Adams Canyon. There's not really any views worth mentioning until reaching the waterfall, but the end is worthwhile. As long as you watch your step, you'll be fine. I only slipped because I wasn't paying attention at the moment.
4) The waterfall. It was probably in the best little cove to view it that I could have asked for. The trail comes up from the southwest, you walk across the creek on rocks, and then see the waterfall. It's on the southeast side and falls into a pool that fills most of the cove. Unless you have rockclimbing equipment, the trail ends here; cliffs surround everything. There's a large sandy bar on the north side that you can stand on, and a 10-foot rocky perch on the northwest side, across the creek from where you come up and opposite the waterfall. Climbed it, great view of the waterfall, romantic spot; do it!

10 days ago

Fairly steep hike, but beautiful scenery. Waterfall is fun at the end.

My wife and I just tackled this trail and it was beautiful! The hard rating is accurate, but still a rewarding hike. We hiked the 3/4 of the trail to the water fall but did not continue up to the top of the falls due to time constraints.

13 days ago

Wow!

14 days ago

Very nice hike!

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

Second time I've done it. First time was on a holiday and it was so crowded, almost like an asset line. Did it again last Sunday. A few people but not many at all, multiple dogs (mostly off leash) but good hike. We took lunch and took our time and just enjoyed the area. 18 month old lab was worn out by the end of the day which is awesome!

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15 days ago

One of the best hikes we've taken. We like it better in the spring when the water is a little higher. This one is the kind you do over and over again.

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17 days ago

18 days ago