Upper Falls

EASY 63 reviews
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Upper Falls is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
442 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

rocky

snow

Upper Falls is about a half a mile from the Upper Falls Park in Provo Canyon. The trail head is located just off of the Provo River Trail on the other side of the river from the park. The trail is fairly easy and can be done by most. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Catching up on some reviews, so recognize that this was done mid-December. Seriously such a cool hike. We were the first ones to go up after a small snow fall, so fresh tracks all the way up, although it was a little slippery at parts. Falls were half frozen, which was also neat. Not sure about the traffic or conditions during summer, but this was a great early winter trek.

5 months ago

It’s a great easy hike past Bridal Veil falls, until you get to the house with the graffiti. From there its a short, steep, rocky uphill trail to the falls. Very pretty though

hiking
5 months ago

There is no trailhead sign that we saw. The concrete building with graffiti on it is the start. We parked in Bridal Veil Falls parking lot and went there first. Just continue following the pathway about another 0.5-0.75 miles further to the upper Falls trail. It's super short. We did it in 10 -15 minutes up. There's a lot of loose rock which could be difficult for younger children. We went up in the afternoon around 2pm. It was unseasonably warm for beginning of November. There was no one else around so we had the Falls all to ourselves.

hiking
5 months ago

Hard to find but for sure worth it

hiking
7 months ago

Another easy hike for amazing end result. It does have a few rocky areas so wear good shoes. My kids and dog did this easily. A good alternative to bridal veil if you want a little more challenge and less people.

hiking
7 months ago

I would not rate this as easy but we all agreed it was one of the prettiest waterfalls we've seen.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome lesser known hike to an incredible waterfall. Did the hike with four kids under 8. Shaded and far less crowded than most hikes in Provo.

hiking
8 months ago

We parked past Bridal Veil Falls and walked across a bridge. The hike is a little steep and rocky, but the waterfall is beautiful and we were the only ones there, so it was nice and peaceful.

8 months ago

Great hike, one of my favorites although it can be a little steep for younger people.

8 months ago

climbed this with my 7mo old in a backpack and it wasn't too strenuous. there are lots of loose rocks, but it's not that steep and doesn't take too long to reach the falls

8 months ago

I love the hike. It's not a long hike. I took my 2 year old. It's not an easy trail for toddlers. It's kinda a steep hike with loose rocks closer to the falls. there is no sign where the trail begins. I took a pick where the trail begin and upload it. I hope this helps.

hiking
9 months ago

We decided to drive past the Bridal Veils parking and past the Upper Falls Park, and we finally parked near the water facility to cut some of the mileage off the hike. We didn't have much time, and we had 8 kids between the ages of 6-14 with us. I think this made the total hike a little over a mile.

We found the trail behind some concrete buildings. It is really steep and has very tricky, rocky footing. I considered giving this hike 3 stars because of the whining it produced in a couple of the kids. But the fall is really pretty and dramatic. But climbing over the shifting rocks and trees to get to it near the base made it hard to enjoy the water. But overall, we enjoyed the experience. Maybe we'll go back when the kids are older.

hiking
9 months ago

The hardest part was finding the trail! Just follow the Parkway past Bridal Veil Falls, and maybe a half-mile down from there you will see a small, concrete, and graffitied building. The trail is right next to it, pretty small, but clearly marked. Most of the distance you cover is the Parkway, so it is an easy hike. The little bit on the trail isn't too hard either, though you will actually be hiking.

11 months ago

Upper falls is closed for construction

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

I wouldn't call this hike easy, personally. It's short, but quite steep the whole way to the falls (once you turn off of the walkway). They're pretty enough and it's nice that traffic is low on this trail. In the spring, there tends to be a TON of burrs. We take our dog hiking a lot, but she got easily 10 times the amount of burrs we've ever seen on other trails. It's not like that all of the time, but if you have a dog with a lot of leg or belly fur, just be aware this is a possibility.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Amazing view of the waterfall, but the hike up is a dangerous one. The way up isn't so bad, but coming down is a bit tricky.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

I've gone past the very top of the waterfall before, which these stats don't include. There are a few places past the second waterfall where lengths of rope were left to help you get farther up the trail (this is different from the metal chord mentioned earlier). It's sort of dangerous, but doable. If you have an actual harness, that would eliminate any danger, but I managed without. The view out is mostly the same after the upper waterfall, but I thought it was fun to explore, and the creek that turns into the waterfall is pretty. NOT for kids or pets.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Rocky, dusty trail. A bit sketchy in some places. Someone even set a length of electrical cable as a rope. I'd suggest wearing sturdy shoes with aggressive treads/good traction rather than typical athletic shoes.

Nice view from the base of the lower falls (above the cascade). Lots of people scrambling up rocks along the cascade to the base of the lower falls. At the base of the cascade, right off the paved trail, the water is shallow enough for little kids to play in the water. We will definitely take the kids back with their swim suits and water shoes and probably go early in the morning to avoid the big crowds.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pretty easy quick hike when we found the right trail. Some parts I would definitely watch little ones tho. We got confused in the beginning because it forks off into a rocky path. Yea, don't go that way. Very dangerous. Falls is beautiful

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great family friendly trail to a beautiful known sight up Provo Canyon. If you go around midday on the weekend, expect a full crowd.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Awesome for kids my 4 kids aging from 14 to 4 loved it!!!!

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

great view of Timp from the waterfall, great hike. i would suggest going later in the season, some were still covered in very slick ice, but still accessible because of some well placed anchors and ropes. easy in the summer, very muddy and steep for the first portion.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The gate to the bridge is locked. You can see where preppie have broken in, but it says no trespassing. Sad that we couldn't get on this trail from the park. You can if you follow the Provo River Walkway from Bridal Veil, but that's gonna be a longer hike.

hiking
Saturday, September 12, 2015

If you are looking for a quick hike this one is perfect. It is just past Bridal Veil Falls and is a quick steep climb up the mountain to a relatively unknown waterfall that is beautiful. It is scenic and a great place to take an awesome pic. There is opportunity for those experienced climbers to move up the falls but for those that want to chill and enjoy the falls that is just as good. Also, because of it not being too well-known, the crowds are definitely limited making it a much more peaceful hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

The base of Upper Falls is slightly disappointing, but if you are an experienced climber/mountaineer you can climb up a rock wall that often has a rope that I've never had a problem with. You can continue up multiple waterfalls and, if you're feeling brave, can even get out to some of the cliff faces overlooking Provo Canyon. A lot of fun and very technical.

hiking
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Upper trail is a nice hike, a little steep if you happen to be hiking from Nunns but worth the trip. Once you pass Bridal Veil the clutter is pretty much gone.

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