Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir Loop

EASY 75 reviews
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Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir Loop is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

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4 days ago

Nice hike to start summer. Not too long not too hard.

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6 days ago

Great short hike with kids. Challenging enough for them but easy enough tat it wasn't stressful to take 4 kids by myself.

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17 days ago

Nice, easy trail. There are two different trail heads you can start from. The one on the little cottonwood canyon side is definitely better as it's makes a short hike more challenging. Great little hike for the family though!

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19 days ago

My wife, 6-year-old and I did this hike in 75 minutes trailhead to reservoir. I must say that the first .4 miles is more of a moderate rank than easy. Met some folks at the reservoir who came up by way of the Granite trailhead and said it was a tad bit longer but easier.

21 days ago

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21 days ago

great hike, easy enough for the kids as well. only takes 30-45 minutes to get to reservoir. Amazing scenery

21 days ago

This particular trail is hard! There is another trail that is much easier. It's called the Granite Trailhead. Parking can get super crowded at Granite Trailhead, but there is an overflow parking area farther up the road (I believe it is cottonwood blvd, or rd...).

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21 days ago

This trail was incredibly challenging for my preteens. Yes, the elevation gain is only 450 feet, but all of those 450 feet are in the first.4 miles. We never made it to the lake and we passed a number of other families with kids who were similarly struggling. This trail might be easy one you get to the loop, but good luck getting there with little ones. Update : Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir can be reached from two trailheads: The Granite Trailhead or the Boulders Trailhead. The Granite Trailhead is slightly longer but not as steep as the Boulders. The app gives directions to and talks about the granite trailhead but gives directions to the boulders trailhead. Here are the directions for the easier route.

Reaching the Granite Trailhead from I-215:

Take Exit 6 for 6200 S/Wasatch Blvd.
Drive south on Wasatch Blvd. for 3.9 miles.
Bear right onto Wasatch Blvd. at the junction to Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.
Continue for 1.2 miles on Wasatch Blvd.
Turn left onto 9600 South/Little Cottonwood Road.
Drive 0.1 miles to the Granite Trailhead on the right side of the road (40.571827,-111.797036).
To reach the Boulders Trailhead, use the above directions but instead of turning left onto 9600 S (step 5), continue 0.6 miles south on Wasatch Blvd to the Boulders Trailhead on the left side of the road (40.565016,-111.803681).

22 days ago