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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!