Davis Creek Trail

HARD 173 reviews

Davis Creek Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Intermediate hike to a water fall. For camping, you take the pretty valley split off where you can hike onward through a loop either going to Hell Hole or Pretty Valley to camp. The split off loop is about 3 miles with another 900 foot elevation gain, taking about 3 hours round the loop.

hiking
16 days ago

I agree with all the reviews that have said this hike should not be rated moderate. It’s deceiving because 85% of the hike is great. It’s just the areas where I felt like I would fall off the cliff as I was hanging onto the rope and sliding on my butt that make it so this hike should be rated as HARD. It’s a beautiful hike and my husband loved it, but I was so grateful to be done with it when we got to the bottom.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is definitely not a Moderate Difficulty! The majority of the trail if pretty steep, and reversely steep on the way back down. I would definitely rate this as Hard or Strenuous. That being said, the directions took me right to the trail head, there's a parking lot just NW of he trail head to park at. Luckily I had my map downloaded, because there were a few spots with forks. The first fork will give you the option to go to a small waterfall and over a bridge and then goes straight up. The other way will continue you on to Davis Creek Trail. This trail goes up the front of the mountain, across the top, down the back and then around to he front and down. Pretty steep the whole time, especially with the leaves on the ground! The colors were beautiful and the waterfall on the back side of the mountain was absolutely beautiful! I would do this again, just frustrated that it was so ill-labeled difficulty wise.

6 months ago

OK, I, personally, would not rate any trail as “moderate”, if ropes are strung at several places as a aid to negotiating it. Neither would I give a “moderate” rating to a trail which has many narrow, slanted, slippery sections with precipitous drop offs to the canyon floor below, and the only stop if you slide off is the distant bottom. There are several crisscrossing trails, not all of them as treacherous as the Davis Creek trail that runs right next to the canyon. It’s a moderate but easy ascent to the split where you can go left and parallel the canyon (challenging) or go right and take the Pretty Valley loop (I’d call it friendly... kid and dog doable) which leads to and traverses a mountain meadow. The Pretty Valley trail lives up to it’s name, especially now, in the Fall, with leaves turning color. There’s a great camping spot along the way if you’re backpacking. Ultimately the Pretty Valley route will get you, fairly painlessly, to the top waterfall, which is amazing. I got to the top waterfall this route, then chose to descend via the Davis Creek trail which hugs the side of the canyon and eventually comes to a nexus with a bridge that allows for crossing over the creek to the Triumph Trail on the other side. The Davis Creek trail parallel to the canyon is wonderful for its views, but, again, not without some steep, difficult, and scary passages. I wouldn’t take my kids or dogs this way. Nor myself again! The Pretty Valley route, though, gets a big thumbs up.

6 months ago

The trail is, for the most part, steep. I was glad I had my poles. I started up trail and missed the turn when trail turned South just past bench. There was another trail cut up the side of the stream so I followed it to the bridge. From there I wasn’t sure if I should cross bridge or cut up on the right trail. I chose right-which was wrong. Extremely steep and about 3/4 of the way up, I decided to live to see another day I should go back down. Then I tried crossing the bridge which turned out to be equally treacherous. After taking in the amazing waterfall view, I slid back down to bridge on my butt just to be safe and backtracked to the original trail and took the turn that I missed initially. Heading South on correct trail, the view was spectacular, and while it was still steep in places, it was completely doable. Either way, a pretty trail and a good workout.

6 months ago

Whoa, whoa, whoa... Hold up! This trail is rated moderate, and Holbrook Canyon trail is hard? Who does these ratings?!

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of waterfalls to see and routes to choose. I would rate this as difficult, not moderate. Attempting to follow the Davis County official trailmap stays much closer to the creek and eventually becomes bushwacking.

7 months ago

Took our kids on this one - not kid friendly for us. Pretty narrow in sections and quite steep.

Easy hike, however I made the mistake on going on one of our 100+ degree days. There were plenty of places to cool off. I did not attempt the rope to the waterfall, however my husband and dog made it fine.

hiking
8 months ago

Good easy hike. Kid friendly my 5 and 8 year old made it okay.

hiking
8 months ago

Very Steep trail. Nice views of Davis County. Decent waterfall at the end. Narrow trail with heavy brush, maybe wear pants or tall socks. Saw one Rattlesnake.

it was fun. steep and it felt pretty quick.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is quite pretty. I just wasn't really impressed with the trail though. If I did it again, I wouldn't do the loop. I would just stay on the creek side of the trail. My four year old kept asking to not do this one again and to go back to the elephant rock trail. I guess I spoiled her with that hike. Lol!

hiking
9 months ago

I would say this hike is on the harder side of moderate, its very steep all the way up and there are a few sketchy areas to get to the waterfall. It was beautiful and peaceful!

hiking
9 months ago

When you approach the trail you will see a bunch of "no trespassing" signs. If you keep going you will find the parking lot up ahead. I believe the no trespassing signs are for private property on the sides. This area was not busy at all which is refreshing; however, the trail was very steep! I need to come back earlier or on a cooler day with expectations of a short, steep hike. Maybe my rating will get updated.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty short hike to the waterfall but overall a pretty good hike.

backpacking
10 months ago

Awesome hike just the right level for moderate hikers looking to train for the next level

10 months ago

We went on the wrong trail and went on Triumph trail and it was extremely steep! Eventually we met up with Hellhole which was a nice trail. Not near as steep. The waterfalls are very pretty.

10 months ago

Steep and slippery with loam and loose gravel, but absolutely gorgeous. I recommend seeing both the lower and upper falls!

hiking
10 months ago

Steep climb, but so worth it. Overgrown in places, but well marked. Perfect on a summer morning, shaded the whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! Steep, but worth it! Definitely get your cardio in. 3 waterfalls and amazing views. My favorite in Davis County so far.

10 months ago

Pretty difficult hike, in part because we got off the correct path a few times. It's easy to get on the wrong trail. Its certainly beautiful and now that I know where I'm supposed to go I would do this again, just be careful to use this app to make sure you're on the path, otherwise it gets very difficult and very steep.

hiking
10 months ago

pretty hard hike, steep elevation change. if we do it again, well take the left trial along the creek and make it an in and out

hiking
10 months ago

Really beautiful hike. It is pretty steep - I would rank this as a double blue square (in ski terms).0

10 months ago

We took Helhole up to the upper falls and made a loop by taking Pretty Valley on the way down. We stopped at the lower falls on the way down. This is a fairly steep hike so I'd advise caution before trying the whole loop with young children. That being said, I saw some young kiddos trucking along g like champs. Experience and fitness level apparently count. This hike is a treat to the eyes with beautiful views and fun water payoffs. Enjoy!

10 months ago

We took our family on this trail, uphill very doable with kids, we made it to the water fall and the Indian bath tubs.

hiking
11 months ago

I went by myself and felt totally safe!
The most beautiful trail is also the most steep and most dangerous....but the trail I took led right alongside the biggest of the waterfalls. Absolutely beautiful hike. The way down was tough because it was a steep decline, but otherwise not too terrible!
That being said, I really wouldn't recommend taking dogs or children on a this trail. These are small paths that have some spots that could be impossible for a child or dog to climb even though in most of those spots, there are ropes to help you up.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Took hell hole trail to the waterfall and then looped around to the pretty valley trail on the way back. It was straight up the whole way to the waterfall and was pretty tough. It's easy to end up in the wrong direction on the way back, so pay attention to signs and open up the map if you need to. The map saved us a couple times from heading off the trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beautiful hike. It was a little steep, but I'm also out of shape so...the waterfall was beautiful and so peaceful. Highly recommend.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

It was a great trail fairly difficult but over all it was really great the Indian bathtubs are pretty cool and the waterfall up top it definitely worth the hike. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring a couple of water bottles or a camelback. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a short hike that is still technical and has great scenery. Must say the the bottom is quite boring but once you get into the pines it is absolutely gorgeous. Hope this will help you want to hike this have fun out there:)

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Well marked trails. Great hike.

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