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The Grotto in Hornet Canyon is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Farmington, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 580 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Over grown

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Waypoints (2)
Tips
Getting There

Please note the trailhead can be difficult to spot. Look for stairs from the Bonneville shore trail. It is about 50 yards north of the creek and somewhat hidden. You will see a brown sign that says Stead Creek Trail. Great trail with a wonderful payoff. This trail is actually an offshoot of the Steed Creek Trail and winds through Hornet Canyon, following Hornet Creek. The end is a beautiful display of water. You'll find a weeping wall, two waterfalls, and a semi deep pool. The giant boulder next to the falls makes a perfect natural seat to catch your breath and take in the sights and sounds. Bring water shoes since you'll need to cross a shallow creek before starting the main leg of the hike. The trail is half sun and half shade. It's not recommended to bring small children as the trail is narrow.

Just after you cross the creek (no bridge), you'll go left to stay on Bonneville Shoreline Trail, just as the BST curves to the right, there will be a sign for Steed Creek Trail, with makeshift steps on the way up, take that trail up to the right of you. After the wooden board bridge, take a left to continue on to Hornet Creek Canyon, and The Grotto. When there is a split in the trail, you will almost always go right, with the exception of this one spot.

Park in the same lot as Davis Creek Trail and Triumph Trail, just across the street you'll pass through a metal gate and be on Bonneville Shoreline Trail, that's where the hike starts.

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Reviews (517)
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Recordings (407)
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Melanie Mortensen
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Went early on a Monday morning (6:30-8:00) & saw only two other people the whole time. The trail beginning was a little hard to find from the map (we went straight up the creek for a while before turning around—don’t go that way!!) the beginning of the trail is just north of the creek, off of the firebreak road. You’ll know when you get there as it has little “stairs” off the road made out of rocks & railroad ties. The trail is pretty steep most of the way up, but is easy to follow. We made it to the grotto (there are some small ropes to help you down the last little bit), and while it was beautiful, I think I’d rather come in the spring and see more runoff. The views back down the canyon were gorgeous! I think we could have done it in less than an hour if we had found the correct trailhead first!

Christopher Walker
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Hiking

Didn’t see a waterfall following the signs. Turned around and went to the Grotto.

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Alex Stark
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Hiking

The Grotto is wonderful. It is rather steep at times getting there with very little shade. Go early or it will be really hot.

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Jonny Floyd
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HikingOver grown
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Alyssa Day
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Hiking

Beginning stretch of the hike has little to no shade. Trail is very steep in some spots but does have more shade. However, it's all well worth the hike back into the Grotto. Beautiful, peaceful, and cool. Only saw two other groups on the main trail.

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Chase King
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Bugs

The trail head was definitely hard to find but it was a good hike. It's really beautiful.

Darlene Francisco
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HikingPrivate property

Hiked this earlier today with a friend. We enjoyed the first half towards the grotto as it was flat and paved. However, there were no signs leading towards the grotto. There were signs stating private property and gates to go over. The trail got narrower once we when up the stairs. It was around this point where we turned around because of the steep drop next to the narrow trail.

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Kaycee Morganto
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Hiking

Trail is terribly marked and has lots of loose footing sections that could be incredibly dangerous. I didnt make it to the waterfall.

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Caroline Smith
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HikingOff trailRocky

This was a great hike. The route is a little confusing because there are multiple trails in this area. We actually went on a different trail by accident, but still ended up at The Grotto and headed back on the correct trail. There is a sign posted where the trails fork. We just missed it on our way out and that’s how we got mixed up. I would recommend having your map up on this app to make sure you’re on the right route.

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Aaron Leete
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Trail was easy to find, the app was right on. When the trail splits on the way to the Grotto I decided to head North, since there's also a waterfall 0.57 miles off on a spur. Turned out to be a terrible idea because the waterfall is seasonal. the North split was high and would've been pretty exposed if it wasn't early morning when I went. After reaching the dry fall, I simply turned around, got back on the main trail, and processed <500' to the Grotto. It was as good as expected. A nice cool, calm spot. Little buggy. I took the southern trail on the way back out. It's a bit more confusing going that way because there are more trails on that side, so it's easier to get off trail. That side is definitely easier. The main trail was in perfectly fine condition, and the only part I would consider overgrown is the upper part of the Hornet Canyon trail on the way to the waterfall. I was hiking from 7am to 9am on a Monday and only saw 3 people total, and none were on the grotto trail. It was all shaded at that time of day.

Lauren Petersen
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HikingOver grown
Anna G
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HikingOver grown

Personally would rate this more of a hard trail than moderate seeing as it’s mainly uphill and the trail is one of the narrowest I’ve been on. I feel like the Ogden waterfall hike that’s rated hard is easier than this hike was. Went Friday and once to the top the water run off now in July is very low would recommend going closer to April or May when run off is higher. Other than that it’s a great hike definitely get your start very early if you want to avoid people.

Daniel Davis
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Amazing! The most important part is to find the right trail head once you are ready to go up the canyon from the Bonneville shore trail. We didn't find the right trail head the first time. Although there is a wide birth trail head nearby the real trail don't go there no matter how inviting it looks and if you do go down the wrong trail you will see a sign that makes you think it is the right trail. It is not! it's a lot of bush whacking. The real trail has stairs from the Bonneville shore trail. It is about 50 yards north of the creek and somewhat hidden. You will see a brown sign that says Stead Creek Trail. You will not get lost if you take the real trail. You will, however, get to a fork in the trail saying Grotto .32 miles. It is a loop. The lower is easier. Both ways have rope. For the upper route, rope is mostly necessary whenever it is there. There is more rope on the lower rope but mostly unnecessary. The lower route has a little bridge. The lower route has more shade. Gets busy Saturday morning around 8. We went earlier and there were loads coming up when we came down.

Mike Porter
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Hiking

Good trail, but could use better signage near the start. Begins on a road then after a steep decline and just past 2 sharp turns on the road, take the stairs on the right, going up hill. Has a few areas of steep incline, but most have rocks or steps to help out. Also a few places have a rope to hold onto as you go along and up where the trail is angled/sloped.

Maren .
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HikingNo shade
Brianna Nordgren
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HikingRocky

Warning of snakes. We ran into rattlers on the side of the trail. Very pretty hike.

Romney Mathewson
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Hiking

Very good although rocky.

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Veronica Argyle
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Hiking

Drying up a bit, but still beautiful.

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Douglas Dearden
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Hiking

The beginning of the trail is a little elusive -- go beyond what looks to be the natural entrance to the canyon. As it shows on the AllTrails map, there is a small set of stairs marking the beginning of the trail. They are right off the road and can easily be missed. About a quarter of a mile into the hiking trail (not the private service road) you'll come to a fork -- the marker states "Hornet Canyon" going both ways. This is true -- the canyon is accessed either way. If you would like a well-groomed trail with lots of shade, the sounds of birds, beautiful outcroppings of rocks, and a bubbling stream, take the lower trail. If you like hot, exposed hiking up a scrabble-laden trail with a remarkable assortment of hornets and horseflies, take the upper route. That's the route we took. I really recommend the lower route. Lovely spot. Great hike -- especially on a hot summer day. The Grotto felt at least 20° cooler. Great, great place.

Meghan Harger
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Hiking

I had such a fun time on this one! A couple of places where there was a drop off on one side, which I usually get a bit panic-y about, but I handled these ones just fine. The grotto itself was absolutely beautiful! It felt like walking into a bubble of some faerie wonderland. I already can’t wait for the next time I go!

Samantha Weigel
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Hiking

hard to find at first - and I varied from the laid out path - but it's worth the incline

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Austyn Victoria
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Hiking

Hiked beginning of July in the early afternoon. This was the first time I’ve ever been lost trying to find the trail haha. I stayed close to the creek because of what was recommended in the reviews - turns out I was way off, I entered the canyon at a place that looked like a trail head with two large boulders and a water processing area right on the stream and there was an apparent trail but that soon ended and I climbed up an almost vertical hill on all 4s and ended up on the correct trail. (When hiking from the trail parking, once you reach the dried stream bed keep going until the trail bends and there is a little hidden entrance with dirt steps, or just use your map to make sure you are there like I didn’t do haha) Back in the canyon where the trail splits I went up the steeper way, it was full sun but it was pretty fun coming down to the stream using the ropes, enjoyed the grotto then took the easier way down on the trail marked as Steed Creek which was pleasantly shaded. It was a little overgrown so I wished I had worn long pants but overall this is a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon.

Dustin Davis
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HikingOver grown

1 hour out n back. Beautiful shade but not much water in July. A little overgrown but very manageable.

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Oliver Johnston
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Hiking

Beautiful end seeing the Grotto. Make sure that you find the trail head near the creek. Otherwise you’ll get lost in the bushes like we did for a while.

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Michelle Jacobi
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Nature tripsOff trailOver grownRocky

My favorite hike thus far! The secret garden and beautiful surprise at the top worth the climb. Not for children. Steep drops and crumbling trails.

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