Upper Bell's Canyon Trail

HARD 49 reviews
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Upper Bell's Canyon Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4248 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Once past the second falls, the trail follows a series of carins set by the Wasatch Mountain Club in conjunction with the Forest Service. This mapped route is a close estimate of that route. It is not recommended for novice hikers. At the Upper Reservoir one can continue to other high points in the Wasatch back country that will require mountaineering and or good navigation skills.

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hiking
11 days ago

hiked to the 2nd (Upper) waterfall today. No snow until you passed the first falls. Finally found the 2nd falls since the trails leading to it were snow covered. Not an easy hike to the 2nd falls since some scrambling was needed. However, it was definitely worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

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1 month ago

Loved it

2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

If hiking in the winter I recommend yaktrax if you want to make it to the falls
last summer :
Bell Canyon Trail has been my go to trail for the last few years! Both trail heads are very easy to find although I do tend to use the Bell Canyon Granite Trail Head the most, lactated at the beginning of Little Cottonwood Canyon on 9600 south. The other trail head is called Boulders Trail Head located on Wasatch Blvd just south of Bell canyon Granite Trail Head.
It took me roughly 20 minutes to hike to the lower reservoir witch was surrounded by thick green foliage giving the water a cool reflection of greens and blues. The parking lot was not completely full but there was still quit a lot of people enjoying the Water and the many look out points overlooking the reservoir and also, all of, salt lake valley.
As you fallow a wide trail around the north side of the reservoir you will come across a smaller trail that branches of slightly to the left, there will be a sign that states "Bell Canyon Trail" Fallow that marker Two miles up and you will reach the First waterfall! The last half mile before reaching the falls is steep remember to bring water and to have had a good meal prior to hiking :) Fueling your body right is key to making it to the falls as a happy hiker.
It took me an hour to hike up but I hear that it can take around two hours to reach the falls for some. It took thirty minutes to hike back to the first reservoir with running the first twenty minutes. It made for a nice run for an experienced trail runner.
I spotted dear, squirrels, rabbits, a small dark colored snake and heard a rattle warning a few feet off the trail.

5 months ago

What a great hike. Not for the faint of heart. Thank you Maggie Cloud for going with me. Once you get above the lower falls there is some beautiful country to see.

5 months ago

5 months ago

This one is great for someone who wants a good work out... Many rocks and boulders, but the scenery makes up for the technicality. Word of caution, there are many slick spots with the snow, ice and mud.

hiking
5 months ago

ouch my poor knees this hike was awesome. it took forever me and a friend went about nine and a half hours until we got back down it's beautiful very fun maybe take some knee wraps.

backpacking
6 months ago

This hike was awesome, but it was really hard. Like really hard. Be prepared for climbing up rocks a good portion of it. And with the snow right now you have to be careful.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike, didn't have time to complete the whole trail but scenery was amazing. After just moving here from Texas 2 weeks ago this is the hardest trail I've been on yet.

hiking
6 months ago

Give yourself time to do complete trail.Boulder fields are tough,when you lose sight of trail follow cairns.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked to the upper reservoir. It is one of my favorite hikes in the valley. It's a rough climb and is a bit longer than what the website lists. It was closer to 9.5 round trip. But I love this hike and will definitely be doing it again.