Donut Falls Trail is a 3.2 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 is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length3.2 miElevation gain518 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org

Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411 Tu-Sa 10:30a-7:00p MT

Please note a portion of the road leading up to the trail may be closed due to snow well into spring/beginning of summer. The road closure has been reported to start approximately 1/2 mile before the trailhead. The trail is open, but please be sure to wear appropriate footwear as the snow melts. There are little to no directions once you are on the trail, it's easy to get lost. Once you reach the trail head, head right towards and past the bathrooms. If you are hiking in the snow, the trail forks after going uphill for a while, STAY LEFT! After a short jaunt later it looks like it forks again, STAY LEFT. You're almost there at this point! You'll go down a small steep hill into the ravine. Stay to the right. The falls are in front of you after a few feet, you just can't see them, they are covered in snow. You have to climb up a super steep hill covered in snow. In the summer time, this hill is the rocky stream leading up to the falls, but in winter, just a snowy climb. The cave entrance is at the top. Slide down into it and enjoy!

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Shauna Eccles
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Thomas Jackson
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Locals, start at the Spruces Parking Lot and avoid the tourists. It’s quiet, well marked and weaves thru campground thru the trees.

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Maegen Jenne
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Beautiful easy hike. The falls were very pretty. Moderate amount of people.

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Kelly Butera
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Trail is fairly easy for avid hikers. Microspikes are a must. Ice chandelier is still there.

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Rachel Hinatsu Toner
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Pretty slick, I’d bring spikes but it was very fun and gorgeous

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Mariko Duffy
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Trial is gorgeous in winter- just went yesterday. Bring yak tracks/spikes if you want to see the waterfall cave AND bring a helmet. Going up on a layer of sheer ice under snow is sketchy- coming down on your butt feels like you’re going 30mph. I wish I had a helmet with me. When coming down stick to the right side- no rocks. It’s a straight slide down, but I watched too many people slam into rocks and almost go over the edge. To go down safely, I packed my backpack with some rock, made sure my legs were tight and crossed my arms over my chest- the urge to hold your arms out will be great, but this risks breaking or dislocating something. Use your body weight to steer- if you ski, snowboard, surf or skate, should be no problem. It was a thrilling and terrifying slide down but my motto in life is: “if I’m gonna die, dying in a thrill is a good way to go.”

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Tony Nguyen
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

A great winter hike! The trailhead was packed with families sledding at the hill near the entrance. Seemed like no one was interested in the hike itself which made it a great experience for my group. We experienced a light snowfall throughout the hike through flats and trees. I felt like a fat Princess Elsa. We saw moose tracks but no moose. Maybe that was a good thing. As you get closer to the end, the trail becomes a flat road. We couldn't tell though because of the amount of snow on the ground. Once you reach the waterfall, it becomes icy. Though others did climb it without shoe spikes, they took 10+ minutes. My group with spikes scaled it with confidence in less than 2 mins. The inside of the cave is pretty but the real sight to behold was looking down from on top of the falls. The climb down was definitely harder with it being iced over. My group decided to just slide on our bottoms all the way to the floor. Again, if trekking in the winter, I highly recommend shoe spikes (only needed for the climb up the falls).

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Veranika Belova
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@Go With The Tow
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HikingIcy

Beautiful trail and scenery. The waterfall was beautiful! Mini spikes are a must for the final push.

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Danielle Wayment
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Love this hike! Spikes are a must for last part up to the falls, but tolerable for some without.. definitely a hot spot for all sorts of outdoor things, lots of people brought sleds and skis and even had photo shoots, gender reveals etc. the waterfall itself is a bit steep and slick to get to. But worth it. Highly recommend this little adventure

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Lacey Baer
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Kevin Aguirre
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Great hike all you needed snow traxs only could not park in the trail head I had to park in the main street gates are close, Little slippery to make it up to the waterfall. 

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Angie Carrera
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Great hike, I’m glad I had micro spikes (I’ve seen other comments that they were ok with out them) but for me they gave me confidence and I feel secure. You have to get your feet in the water if you want a cool picture under the waterfall. Totally worth it

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Tiff Wade
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Great hike with kids. (16, 11, 8) My kids didn’t even have great gear and still made it and said they would do it again. Definitely icy at the top but there are good foot holds to the left. Inside the cave was beautiful!

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Brittany Pearson
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Super cool! Everyone else had spikes on their boots and we did not but we still made it up safely

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Jose De Pando
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