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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.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,453 ft Route type Out & Back

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No dogs

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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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Reviews (3253)
Photos (1865)
Recordings (2314)
Completed (6574)
Ryan Hamic
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Hiking

so the start of this trail is lame... just a boring walk on a dirt path, with not a lot of shade... then it crosses the creek and gets awesome. beautiful tree cover. the valley rock walls are gorgeous and the waterfall area is fantastic. totally worth it.

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Soccer365 User
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HikingGreat!

Fantastic waterfall super pretty. Hard hike on the way up. Would not recommend if not somewhat in shape. Bring water. The waterfall is worth it though. Big elevation gain at the end.

Joshua Fanos
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This is a tough hike! You will feel rewarded by the waterfall and the views. My favorite day hike in SL Valley.

Kaylee Richardson
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HikingGreat!

Easy until the end. Towards the end it’s steep and rocky.

Aubrey McDonald
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Nice shady trail, if you go early it's perfect! the last mile up is a beast. the waterfall and view at the top is so worth it though!

Veronica O’Connor
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Started at 6:45 am today at the granite trail. Nice gradual incline for first mile, with rocks, and became much more rocky for the last 2 miles. Almost like an uneven staircase of rocks. Did the whole hike with my 55 year old mom in just under 4 hours with many breaks on the way up. The last slope down to the falls was intimidating both ways. Very slippery because of the loose dirt and not many foot or hand holds. A great way to start the day! Also there were not many people pass the lower reservoir, though this was a weekday morning.

Joshi Haskell
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Hiking

Hot and dry for the first mile and a half. Once we got into the canyon, the trees provided a nice amount of shade. We had an infant with us so didn’t attempt the last half mile.

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Roger Kraft
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Hiking

Nice, half day hike, and you don't have to drive far from the SLC area. Falls are nice. This is not a hike for the very young.

Mikala Jordan
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Hiking

More shade than expected, longer than expected (as many reviewers have noted), and beautiful falls! My parents have bad knees and struggled with the footing on the way down.

Aviva Dollin
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Hiking

A bit busy, beautiful hike the whole way. Great waterfall, very worth the half a mile scramble up rocks to the top!

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Marlissa Bokinskie
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Hiking

Easy it was coming back in the Sun that’s about killed me. Def start early in the morning don’t do this in the afternoon

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Kendall Little
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Hiking

Great Trail! plenty of shady spots, especially farther on. The last half mile is a killer! Closer to 5 miles.

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Jill Oliver
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Fun and very challenging for our family! I have three teenagers that are very athletic and they all thought it was tough. Bring plenty of water. No shade first 1/2 and sun was HOT. The end was steep rock climbing to waterfall. Wear appropriate hiking boots. Took longer than expected. Took us an hour 45 min there and an hour and 30 min back. We took a family photo at the waterfall that I will cherish! An amazing day. Do it! Pack a snack.

Beverly Brown
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HikingGreat!Rocky

It was harder than we thought it would be and seems farther than the posted signs......take plenty of water and Gatorade and wear comfortable good shoes.....the falls are beautiful and well worth the effort...,but don’t kid yourself from the reservoir it only gets harder!! I felt like a mountain goat

Melanie Johnston
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Hiking

The trail had fun variety with a nice workout the last 1/2 mile. The falls were worth the hike and the view from the falls was amazing. The sun set was powerful but hiking back in the dark was a little tricky.

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Jaime Alejandre
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love this trail. Can get a little rocky at parts but nothing difficult for experienced hikers.

Shawn Pittman
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Hiking

Great little trail! Hot at the bottom today but towards the falls it really cools off. Great place to have a snack and relax.

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Susi Brannigan
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Hiking

Easy

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Leah Lewis
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Hiking

Hot spots, bring water. Great variety of scenery with each section. Gets steep and rocky last .9M but so worth it! Where proper shoes, you’ll need the traction to hike down to the edge of lower falls. Great hike!

Jason Holt
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Kadin Nguyen
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

More hard than moderate, especially that last half mile or so of scrambling which took a lot out of me. The waterfall is big and refreshing but to be honest, it could’ve been better. Trail conditions are pretty good and decent shade.

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