CHASING WATERFALLS IN NORTHERN UTAH

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Let’s talk about northern Utah because it is breathtaking! I recently went on a couple of waterfall hikes in northern Utah including Donut Falls, Adam Falls, Stuart Falls, and all the falls…but really. Chasing waterfalls is my favorite type of hikes!

DONUT FALLS, BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON

Located about 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon you will find the home to the popular Donut Falls. You have to be careful in looking for this hike because there is not a trail sign to guide you in. I had to ask a park ranger for directions because I thought I went too far up. I went on a Saturday morning and this hike was very busy, so I recommend doing it on a weekday where it isn’t too crowded. The hike is a 2 mile round trip and kid friendly! Just make sure to be careful climbing the rocks because they are slippery. The waterfall, which travels through a hole in the rocks makes it look like a donut. Oh, I almost forgot you have to bring donuts to Donut Falls!

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ADAM FALLS, ADAM’S CANYON

This dog friendly hike is a 3.5 mile round trip up Adams Canyon. At the beginning of the hike it is sandy and uphill (like the sand dunes), then you will get to the forest with several switchbacks. When on the trial you will encounter a couple of forks on the trail I recommend to just follow the water. There are a few spots on the trail with some steep climbs or where you are on rock walls, so use some discretion before taking very small children/dogs. This hike is full of smaller waterfalls along the way, but Adams Fall is the one at the end of the trail with the 40 foot waterfall.

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STEWART FALLS, PROVO CANYON 

There are a couple of entry ways for this hike, I entered at Aspen Grove which is the recommended route. This trail is super easy to find and leads you directly to Stewart Falls which is a 200 feet tall. Stewart Falls is a 4 mile round trip that gives you a scenic view of the Wasatch Mountains. This hike was one of the easier ones that I have done, there only a few rough spots. Along the way I encountered many families with their kids and dogs!

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GROTTO FALLS, PAYSON CANYON

You drive up about 7 miles up Payson Canyon to start the Grotto Falls Trail. The hike begins from the parking area just off the Mount Nebo Loop Road. This was the easiest and shortest waterfall hike I’ve done. It’s only .6 miles round trip and can be done in about 45 minutes. You can see in my picture that I even wore jeans and flats! My family randomly decided to do this hike and it was so much fun! Highly recommend it for a short hot summer day adventure with the family/friends.

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Horse Tail Falls, Alpine

Wow this waterfall was huge! You can see it from a view point on the trail but keep going so you can see it up close. This hike is 4 miles round trip and pretty steep so make sure you have good shoes to make the climb! We did this last spring and there was still snow in some parts of the trail.

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I love Northern Utah because of its beautiful mountains with amazing waterfalls to explore! What are some of your favorite waterfall hikes in Utah? I’d love to hear your adventure!

SNOWSHOEING IN UTAH

MY FAVORITE LOCATIONS 

I LOVE locations with a view it makes my adventure worth my struggle! Here are some of my favorite locations that I have gone snowshoeing.

1. Adam Falls, Adams Canyon

Total Distance 5.2 Miles   Total Time 3-5 Hours

This is defiantly a steep trail that I would recommend taking microspikes during the winer instead of snowshoes! I did not bring my own but my friend let me borrow one of hers and that saved me from many falls. I can only imagine how much easier it would have been if I would have had both of them on. This is one of my favorite waterfalls because its pretty big and beautiful, even when frozen!

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2. Lake Mary, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 2 Miles       Total Time: 1-2 Hours

This was one of the trails that was hard to find because of the snow! Here is the specific directions on how to find Lake Mary. We added to our time because we got lost trying to find the trail and we were one of the first to find it. The view was amazing even though you couldn’t see the lake.

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3. Grandeur Peak, Millcreek Canyon

Total Distance: 5.26 Miles    Total Time: 3-5 Hours

This trail was one of the tough ones for me because of the elevation gain in such a short amount of time. I literally thought I was going to give up the last mile, but in the end the view was completely worth it. Also its dog friendly so bring your pal for an adventure.

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4. Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 7.6 Miles     Total Time: 5 Hours

This hike is breathtaking from the start to finish! Be prepared to take frequent stops to catch your breath and take a drink of water. This is a popular location were you will encounter many other adventurous from all around the world. It was pretty cold that we only stayed a couple minutes at the top, but it was still worth it!

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5. Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Spanish Fork Canyon

Total Distance in the winter: 12-13 Miles Total Time: 5-7 Hours

We woke up at dawn and were not the only ones to be in this journey to these beautiful hot springs. In the winter the road to this trail head is closed so you need to hike a little extra, but it is worth it! The whole time we were like inside a snow globe with light snow falling from the sky. For this adventure remember to wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you can jump in once you get there. Also remember to bring a towel no one want to hike down wet, that would be miserable!

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WINTER ADVISE 

Hiking is one thing and snowshoeing is another. Make sure you estimate about an hour more to your time when you are snowshoeing because some trails may be more difficult with snow. Some of the trails are not always marked well during winter seasons so know your trail in advance this cuts time on finding the trail. Make sure your snowshoes are the right size because it makes a huge difference!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR

The essentials include: A coat, hiking boots, snowshoes, wool socks, gloves, hiking backpack, beanie, micro spikes and/or microspikes snacks and WATER. Other suggested items include: hand/feet warmers, ski poles, snacks,and a compass.