Bells Canyon Trail to Ridgeline via Granite Trailhead

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Bells Canyon Trail to Ridgeline via Granite Trailhead is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length3.1 miElevation gain1,893 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This hike starts and continues on the Bells Canyon Trail for a little while before taking a more challenging route up the Ridgeline. Cover during this hike various between not too much and a canopy of trees and there is a portion of the hike where you pass through an area of scrub trees which can scratch your legs along the route. No river or waterfall on this hike, but you do get a different view of the reservoir because you are up above it.

The only restrooms that are available during this hike are at the parking area at the beginning of the trailhead.

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Tyler Howe
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This was a really fun, if not ridiculously steep, hike. My son and I tried it a few weeks ago, but we ran out of daylight. Tonight I made it as far up as it’s marked in All Trails. It’s a great turnaround point with incredible views of Little Cottonwood, Bell’s Canyon, and the Salt Lake Valley. I didn’t see a soul after leaving the reservoir trail.

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Tyler Howe
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Cool ridge to climb up with views that get better with every step. There are several stretches that are ridiculously steep, and much of the trail is pretty overgrown. Still a very satisfying evening hike, and a great vantage point to watch the sunset.

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Nobueno Gato
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Running

Steep but awesome. I was surprised to find an actual trail. It was easy enough to follow, but I could see that following it could become more difficult during other times in the year. I went a bit past the trail mapped here to explore. A few game trails (and faint use trails) made this easy. Scrub Oak cut me up a bit as I ventured past the main trail. Great views of Bells from an alternate viewpoint. Highly recommended I would rate this as moderate = low mileage and vert

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Kristine Waldron
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I’d rate this as hard. It’s very steep with some unsure footing and the trail is over grown and hard to follow in some places. I had to turn around soooo close to the “end” because the trail was so overgrown I couldn’t even see where to go. Easy to go off trail to a dead end but find the right trail again on the way down. Easy to slip and fall.

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D Paul
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Running

I give it 3 because Bell canyon is beautiful all around! The trail is literally the very first trail head at the light where you begin to access the canyon! Trail is crowded during the first few miles then it fizzle out!

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Russ Hugentobler
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Graham T
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Gabby Bilbao
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Hermoso !!! Es cierto que es muy rocoso y empinado , se sintió más pesado porque lo hicimos a mala hora ( empezamos a las 4 ) con 90 grados sobre nosotros ... pero fuimos privilegiados con una puesta de Sol maravillosa ... llegamos hasta Upper fall , con una pequeña de 6 años y un niño de 9 así que tan mala no es !! Muy bonita , recomendada 100 % ... pero si no te gusta hacer mucha fuerza con las piernas , ni lo intentes

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abby hyde
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Super overgrown trail, wear pants. Signs of mountain lions in the area that were not there a day ago. Super steep but amazing views up top. Didn’t see anyone else on this trail.

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Justin Richard
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Underrated

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Douglas Brady
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I love that people don’t like this trail as much. Keeps it pristine and seldom traveled. I have followed this trail all the way up past Perlas Knob and then up to Thunder. After 2,000 feet of elevation, you get to start scrambling some pretty sketchy cliff and rock fields. Make it up to 1850 feet elevation and you come to a vista that has 360 degree views. As for the trail being hard to find, follow the ridge line up—there is only one direction to go. This is by far my favorite trail. I have been up it dozens of times and I have yet to see another soul while on my adventures. I also love seeing the hikers come up to the falls. You can literally sit on the tops of the cliffs and watch them. I would highly recommend only people who are comfortable on class 4 and who are not afraid of heights go past the vista . It gets dicey.

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Phil Denney
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Read all previous reviews before attempting this and was prepared (and excited) for a more difficult hike. This trail is EXTREMELY difficult!!!! Had to abandon hike about 0.5 miles (according to the app) into it because terrain became too steep to be safely passable.

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Troy Tuttle
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I'd agree with my brother (below), that this is a very steep trail. The trail was easy to follow for the most part, but there are a few places where it is easy to follow splinter trail trails take off and dead end. So, I had to bushwhack it back to the main trail. Next time I will be sure to have my map out to keep me honest. The trail is pretty overgrown so long pants are recommended. Great views of the valley and up Bells and Big Cottonwood Canyons, I did it as a sunset hike and I was rewarded with a pretty nice sunset.

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Cameron Metcalf
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Beautiful but barely a trail. Should be listed as hard.

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Carla Tang
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Nope! Very overgrown more like game trail. Coming down was slippery so wear pants and take poles. Very sun exposed as well. We missed the good views

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Kris Rydman
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Katie McMinn
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Kris Zorzakis
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Justin Richard
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Sean Smith
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Nate Baum
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AllTrails User
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Dave Morris
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Odessa Tinius
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Dave Morris
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Simon Benson
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Troy Tuttle
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