Bells Canyon Trail to Lower Falls

MODERATE 2047 reviews

Bells Canyon Trail to Lower Falls is a 4.6 mile heavily 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 April until September.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,453 feet Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Note: As of September 2019, if you're hiking to Big Baldy, the trail is closed not long after after the 2nd water crossing. They are doing major work on the trail. Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.

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icy
16 hours ago

Beautiful trail & wonderful reward to see the mostly frozen waterfall. Most of the trail is shaded so definitely want spikes in places due to the ice. Nice climb to get the heart & blood moving.

We headed up this morning about 9am which was a perfect time , there was little to no traffic. It was dry most of the way up to the resivour area. You don’t need heavy clothing just layer some lightweight shirts or jackets so you can take them off or back on when it cools off at the top of the waterfall. It wasn’t icy until the beginning of the falls trail. I’d highly recommend shoe spikes or additional track gear on your shoes. Very slippery towards the top of the trail so watch your step. Definitely take gloves and a Bernie. All in all very beautiful so worth it when you get to the waterfall just watch your step on your way down. Amazing views

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icy
snow
8 days ago

Beautiful trail! There is snow and ice on most of the trail. I saw a few people struggling to get down the trail on the icy parts, so I'd recommend microspikes for this one.

Water, a waterfall and a little difficult at the end! Everything you need

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rocky
16 days ago

Great trail. Very steep at the end, but the majority of the hike is very gradual. It took 2 and 1/2 hours with not much stopping for breaks. Very much enjoyed this hike!

16 days ago

good workout, nice falls. more difficult the higher you go

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

This hike was my favorite so far in Utah. Less than half is flat and paved. The rest is mostly rocky and steep. The last 1/2 mile was tough but the waterfall and overlook into the valley was very much worth it! Some pretty dangerous spots for novice hikers. This trail requires a good deal of situational awareness.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful falls. While a lot of the trail is flat the end is pretty darn steep and requires some fortitude. Well worth the effort though.

hiking
27 days ago

Loved this hike. Rocky and steep to the waterfall but well worth it.

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rocky
27 days ago

Loved it! I will be back to do this again.

Phone died, but view at the top is amazing! Sunset is incredible, but make sure to have lighting for the way down. End half mile gets fairly steep and has larger rocks, can be a bit technical, but awesome trail altogether.

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rocky
28 days ago

This trail is Awesome!! Takes about 1 hour from 9400 s trailhead

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rocky
29 days ago

Too rocky and uphill. Easy to sprain your ankles.

hiking
30 days ago

We parked at the trail head on to Wasatch which added according to my phone at least 800 to vertical feet to the hike. We hiked all week and this was definitely my favorite.

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rocky
30 days ago

Great fall hike! lots of rocks on the path, but its fun, great fall colors, creek area and waterfall with icicles

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! As others have said, the last part of the trail to the falls was a little more difficult, maybe 1/4 mi, with big boulders to climb through, but very worth it. The reservoir didn't have much water, but the colors all the way up were amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail and parking areas off Wasatch blvd are currently closed for trail construction.

3 hours

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Start by saying this is a great hike. Could probably use a few more trail markers for sure. Well traveled so had to ask our way once. Tried going around the lake, hike took about 3.5 hours and 6 miles with a stop for lunch at the lake according to my garmin. If you plan on going beyond the lake make sure you have good hiking boots as the surface is very rocky and uneven. A lot of boulders and a very long up hill, up boulder climb that makes you feel like you just did an hour and a half of leg day at the gym. Payoff at the end is great and the scenery on he hike is hard to beat. Quick recommendation: go light blue trail to red hang a left at the lake and go straight up yellow to purple (trail map will explain. Very straightforward if you go this route)

The views on the way up and waterfall at the end are awesome. The first part of the hike isn’t bad. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Once you hit about the 1.5 mile mark you know you’re climbing a mountain. The rest of the way up is pretty steep and rocky. You will do quite a bit of scrambling up large rocks along the trail. Definitely one of my favorite hikes.

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rocky
1 month ago

So. My husband and I are very out of shape and I saw the easy hikes and they're literally walks around a neighborhood so I wanted to do a moderate hike thinking it would be a step up. This hike was SO hard for us. First of all the trail has so many little turn offs and almost no signs. We got lost for a little bit on a different trail so that added 30 minutes to our total. Out and back it took us 3 total hours. There are longgggg stretches of steep, steep rocks that require high knees. The view was gorgeous but we were miserable getting there. I'd suggest being very in shape to do this hike.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

I really enjoyed the hike but found all the diverging trails & lack of signs confusing. Fortunately there were enough other friendly local hikers to offer direction assistance. Moderate difficulty although there are some steep climbs but lots of leveling out areas to catch your breath. I didn’t have poles but would have used them in a few areas. Lots of shade!

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