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It was a steep hike but very pretty at the lake!

Great hike to lower water falls. No snow on the trail. Lots of water going over the water fall. Did this with 8 and 10 year old. Last half mile is more step, but not to bad.

Best scene I’ve seen so far in trialing!

Full disclosure: we only did the first mile of this hike to the Red Pine split, but what an amazing trail so far! So many families with small children doing just a portion of the trail as well. I love a trail that is gorgeous even if you don’t go to the destination. The journey, any part of it, is worth it on the trail. Views of the valley, the river, and a gradual incline made this a nice little hike. Would love to come back someday in better shape and do the whole thing!

Perfect little hike for awesome views of the salt lake valley. Gorgeous trail. I started on the northern trailhead, just below the mouth of little Cottonwood canyon. Steeper than the other southern side but I like his end more

It feels farther than it is, but it's an enjoyable hike and totally worth it!

Would definitely rate it as moderate and not hard. Beautiful views!

Very easy!!’enjoy it.

Hard but totally worth it!! Be prepare to be sore the next day, and drink a lot water.

The waterfall is insanely amazing and breathtaking. Worth every difficult step (especially the last part).
I was planning on 4.4, but somehow ended up with 6 miles round trip. I’m not sure if there’s an entrance that I missed at a different spot. Six miles made it quite long, and we had kids with us. We got so far committed, we couldn’t turn back, but t proved to be difficult with young ones.
Definitely worth it!!

Bells Canyon Trail was my first ever hike in Utah, first mountain land and VERY FIRST WATERFALL!! The views are good at first but there are houses just a few hundred yards away. However, they get more and more amazing as you pass the lake and the stream. Once you get closer to the falls the hike becomes pretty steep but it’s worth it. Amazing place all around.

From the start of the South trailhead near Pepperwood, our distance totalled JUST UNDER 6 MILES ROUNDTRIP, definitely not 4.4...though I see the map to this uses the other trail start... Just be aware! We do this hike about once a year and love it. VERY clean (good job picking up your trash, everyone!)
Its basically the kitchen sink of hikes...steep stepping, nice smooth forest trail, some safe scrambling, scrub oak, pine forest, desert, shaded creekside trail, bridges, a fun reservoir, beautiful wildflowers, AND OF COURSE THE GORGEOUS WATERFALL! We did this with my brother and sister in law with our combined 5 kids. Our 3 year olds were very very slow and had multiple meltdowns, but we made it...in about 6 miserable hours, but that view is SO worth it! We hike very often, though, and I'm not sure I would recommend this to other familes with young kids, unless you're ready to help carry them! For most, the reservoir is a great destination with plenty of accomplishment.

Fun, quick, and fairly easy hike. Lots of shade but I’d still recommend bringing sunscreen. The cold water from the river makes it cooler as well. Parking is a little bit limited so going earlier in the morning or on a Sunday allows you to avoid the crowds which can limit your pace both up and down the hike. All around a great hike to get your legs burning and help work up to bigger trails like Mount Olympus or Ben Lomond.

Views are gorgeous. The last quarter mile to the falls is an absolute booty burner, but it’s definitely worth it once you get to the top. Fair amount of rocks. I would recommend shoes with decent traction and support.

Easy going for the first mile. The trail has some snow and water running down it, but it gets much worse once you reach the upper bridge (the one you don’t cross). From there on be prepared for snow and lots of water running own he trail. Your feet are going to get wet. I had micro spikes and I had no trouble with the snow. There were four groups totaling 8 people on the final snow field ascent when lightning started to strike. We all chose to bail even though we were in a quarter mile of the lake. Hail rain lightning...it was an awesome day. Met some cool people in the process. There is plenty of water on this hike so carry a filter and a few less liters of water

hiking
6 days ago

Maybe I haven’t been on enough hikes to rate this fairly, but I thought this was hard and very rocky. Not ideal for little ones. Hardly any path without having to climb large rocks. It was fun and a pretty location. Nice to hear the nearby running river and ends at a beautiful lake. Went Sunday at 1:30 and it was very busy.

Still my favorite one! Beautiful view during your entire hike!

Hard hike today, still lots of snow towards the upper reservoir. Trail was mostly visible until the you reach the deep snow. Had to post hole last bit of the trail with micro spikes. Overall great time and will do it again!

This was a great leg workout for sure!

Amazing canyon view. Mission completed.

Love this place . The waterfall was definitely the hi-light. :)

Don't do this trail after a leg day! Lots of elevation gain in a short distance so prepare for that. I do this trail every year. The view and the waterfall are gorgeous!

Difficult climb up to the falls but worth the effort. The falls are spectacular and you also get a nice view out amongst the valley. Bring plenty of water and some trail snacks.

I would hike here everyday for the view and peace if I could. Went high noon on a Tuesday and it was practically empty minus a select few. Highly recommend going to the other side of the lake for sure.

It's a very rocky trail in some places, but very rewarding. the Falls and View of the Valley are gorgeous.

Hiked up last Sunday (started about 10am) it was warm but not too bad. Last bit was steep and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath but once you make it past there and you start getting closer to the falls it gets much easier and cooler temperature wise. Definitely worth pushing through the hard part. Plenty to look at once you get there.

I loved the hike and the views were worth it!!! I’d definitely go again!

hiking
16 days ago

About the hikers: two non-local, relatively fit 20-somethings. No real experience hiking in snow. I'd say our pace was slow - maybe a 5 minute break every 30 minutes.

We hiked this the week of May 6, 2018. We ran into a local on the trail who said all the snow would be gone in a week, but when we were there there was plenty of snow. We had micro-spikes and trekking poles and were very happy to have them.

We started the hike at 8:15 AM. The following are duration timestamps for when we hit certain markers. Maybe that will be helpful for someone else to estimate their pace.
0:45 - Arrived at the split with White Pine Lake Trail
1:15 - Came to the Lone Peak WIlderness sign
2:20 - Came to an unmarked bridge near a sign that marked 'Red Pine Lake' and 'Trailhead'. The trail doesn't cross that bridge.
3:30 - Made it to Red Pine Lake
4:15 - Started back
4:45 - Back at unmarked bridge we first reached at 2:20
5:40 - Back at Lone Pine Wilderness sign
5:58 - Rejoined with White Pine Lake Trail
6:30 - Back at trailhead around 2:30 PM

So it took us 3:30 to go up and only 2:15 to come back down. We consumed about 3 liters of water between the two of us and that was fine.

There were a couple of different routes that diverged somewhere around the unmarked bridge mentioned above. One went through an open meadow and the other through the trees, but I don't think they were more than 50 yards from each other at any time. We came up through the trees and down through the meadow, but it didn't make much difference.

For us this was a pretty strenuous hike, but I loved it! Very few people on the trail and great views. Also spotted a Dusky Grouse. I'm glad we got an early start and very glad we had the spikes and trekking poles. We rented those at REI for very cheap.

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