Donut Falls Trail

EASY 956 reviews

Donut Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The turn off to the Donut Falls Hiking Trail is located approx 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot. The trail starts to south of the parking lot by the restrooms.

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2 days ago

Short hike for amazing scenery. Cool doughnut formation waterfall.

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3 days ago

A short, well traveled nice hike with waterfall area (would be difficult for some people to get down to - those with very young children or possibly older folks). Parking is difficult if you get there past mid morning.

3 days ago

Gorgeous hike and super easy

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3 days ago

Easy trail up until the waterfall. If you're with children you may need two adults to get them down a steep rocky area down to the base of the falls. Then, you need to walk over rocks to get to the waterfall area. I had on water hiking shoes so it wasn't a problem but some of the kids I saw that didn't want to get their feet wet struggled. Overall it was beautiful, well worth it. We did it with a baby and toddler. You can't really picnic or anything by the falls. Kids/toddlers can walk it.

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4 days ago

Great trail! Nice falls. You can't get a good view of the falls unless you climb. If you want photos without people in them GO EARLY. Otherwise there's people Everywhere!

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4 days ago

Beautiful and quick and easy! Only a few minutes and gorgeous scenery!

4 days ago

Lots of people on the trail which made it less enjoyable. I would not categorize this as easy! I had a blast as did my 12 and 14 year olds, but many families had smaller kiddos shrieking with fear, falling into the water, or being browbeaten and shamed into climbing up big slippery rocks.

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5 days ago

Kind of boring. When we went, Cotopaxi was doing some scavenger hunt thing where you "eat a donut at Donut Falls." Meaning there were tons of annoying people who were throwing donuts in the bushes and pushing past you.

My husband was wearing our baby so we couldn't hike up to the actual "falls" part, just to the bottom of it. You can't see anything from the bottom so unless you are willing to hike to the actual "falls" it is kind of boring.

In & out in less than an hour; again, that is without hiking all the way to the waterfall. I'm sure young kids love this hike, we saw a lot of them. Great for families.