Donut Falls Trail

EASY 1,150 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
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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.

3 days ago

Scenic hike. Our trip was cut short by a moose in the middle of the path. There are still some patches of snow that you’ll have to go over, but nothing deep.

Great trail!

17 days ago

We just went (April 1) and it was still very snowy and we made it to the top but was very difficult at the top peak to see the fall. When we got up it was all frozen and there was only a little cave that you could see water falling thru if you got down low enough. I would highly recommend to wait til later in the year!

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1 month ago

A beautiful and magical hike when there's several feet of snow and even more falling. Nothing too strenuous, but it's not noted that you have to park right of the highway and hike roughly an additional .5 mile to get to the trailhead. The snow was hard packed enough that hiking boots were sufficient, though many people had snowshoes. The little climb to get to the cave where the falls are was a bit slick without any kind of spikes, but still doable.

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1 month ago

The trail is hard packed all the way to the falls. Spikes come in handy for the final accent. Really cool icicles on the falls right now.

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2 months ago

Beautiful covered in snow. Easy hike with spikes on (lots of ice). A bit windy too.

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2 months ago

Awesome short hike. Beautiful scenery most everywhere. I hiked from the Spruces Campground for an extra long walk through the quiet forest. The last stretch is treacherous during an icy winter; bring boot spikes. Big difference during the winter? Hardly ANY traffic, especially early in the mornings.

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2 months ago

A good short hike that ends with a beautiful view in multiple directions. Be prepared to walk a ways up a snowy road to the trailhead if you go during the winter time.

2 months ago

Great trail. Some icy spots. Beautiful waterfall in a cave at the end.

2 months ago

Easy hike with just snow boots. If you want to go all the way up to the waterfall, spikes would be a good idea. Went on a Sunday afternoon and it was not crowded at all. Very pretty and scenic.

2 months ago

Did this twice. Extremely busy. Too many people.

3 months ago

I lots a silver eternity ring at the trailhead today taking pictures. If anyone happens to find it I would love to have it back. I’ve weary it everyday for over 10 years. Thanks. orangemusicnote@gmail.com.

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4 months ago

Gorgeous hike during gentle falling snow.

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4 months ago

Easy hike, even in the snow.

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4 months ago

Great hike in December. Lots of snow and ice so crampons were very helpful. Falls are really cool. This trail only lost one star because of the high traffic. I recommend going at an off-peak time.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a short trail/ about .8 miles to the trailhead from the parking lot during winter- and another 1.5 to the falls. Very easy. There is a part that with snow and ice can be tricky, but even with that I would say anyone 3+ should be able to complete the trail with ease. A lot of beautiful trees, cool river, and I nice waterfall ending. A little shirt for
My personal liking but a nice trail nonetheless

hiking
4 months ago

Good for amazing photography.

4 months ago

Good for families with small children..also there's another cool trail called lake blancha trail right at the end of it

4 months ago

Looked nice but didn't actually hike it. Walked from highway to trailhead on closed road, saw some moose, turned around. Trail completely covered with slippery snow too slick for our boots.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike. A quick trot to some nice falls. Expect to park out from the trailhead, which added time to our hike.

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5 months ago

Hiked this on 11/15. No snow on the trail.

5 months ago

No snow on the trail in early November and a well worth it hike. Definitely go all the way up to the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

Well worth it, very nice with the family but heavy traffic.

5 months ago

Highly trafficked

5 months ago

Great hike for a family or if you want to take it easy. Awesome little waterfall at the end. Would suggest wearing or bringing water sandals if you’re doing this in good weather.. you’ll cross some streams and it’s more fun not to worry about getting your shoes wet!

5 months ago

Was more impressed by the 7 Mule Deer, Pot Bellies(chipmunk type rodents), unique birds, and the pretty snowy trail than I was the not so waterfall. More like flowing stream is all.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a lovely, easy trail. When my husband and I went yesterday, the road to the parking lot was closed. We parked at the parking lot right off the main road and walked up to the trailhead and kept going. It's a nice hike to add onto another hike (like we did earlier in the morning) or even for a short by-itself hike. We finished it right before the snow hit so it wasn't as slippery. Be mighty careful, though, hiking down or up the actual waterfall itself. While we didn't do either, we watched people slip coming down. I would caution against doing so, without the proper trail shoe that has some grip. Also, be hesitant with your kids. Unfortunately, right when we arrived at the falls, we saw a family hiking down the actual falls and the daughter fell off a rock and hurt herself. Be careful!

hiking
5 months ago

Super slick and icy during this time of year. I fell like 4 times and was not wearing the proper shoes. Bring a hiking pole! Super pretty though!

6 months ago

It is an extremely crowded trail. A few jackasses even brought their dogs, which is illegal in this canyon. Really easy hike with a beautiful waterfall at the top. Good for kids and elderly people, bad if you don't like heavily trafficked trails.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail, good for kids. Plan on getting your feet wet. Very popular trail, the day we did it there were so many people there.

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