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07
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Waterfall Hikes in Utah

 

Woman in the woods

One of the best ways to experience the diverse landscapes of Utah is by hiking through them, especially in the fall. Check out this list of some of our favorite waterfall hikes:

1. Battlecreek Falls, Pleasant Grove

Big Waterfall. Easy Access. Short 1.2-mile roundtrip hike. Dog-friendly hike.

Battlecreek Falls is a great place to get away after a long day of work—or if you’re looking for a great hike but are short on time. It’s a great way to get the dog or your family out to enjoy some nature.

The falls are about a 15-25 minute walk from the parking lot, the waterfall is enormous and you’ll have an amazing view of the sunset.

PACK LIST
Camera
Dog
Picnic
Bottle of water

2. Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Take a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike to this amazingly beautiful and picturesque waterfall. This hike, located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is good for all seasons with easy access to the trail.

The Trail

Follow the trail for just a little bit and when it forks, stay to the left and you will arrive at Donut Falls. Once at the waterfall, climb up the rocks to get to the cave at the top, which is not visible from the bottom. To take pictures inside of the cave, you will most likely get your feet wet.

This is a really short hike, so it’s great if you are short on time and want to see something amazing.

Getting There

Coming from the I-215, turn left on Big Cottonwood Road and the parking lot will be about nine miles up the road on your right. Usually, the gate is closed, so park here and follow the rest of the road on foot until you get to a trailhead with restrooms on the left-hand side.

PACK LIST
Camera
Waterproof shoes
Snacks
Bottle of water

3. Hidden Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Hidden Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Picturesque waterfall and creek. Climbing routes. Easy access. Very short. Shaded. Minimal elevation gain. 0.3-mile hike. 53-foot elevation gain.

Hidden Falls is a beautiful little waterfall with minimal crowds. Scramble around the small canyon for different perspectives of the falls or the creek. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, the light in the evening is great for longer exposures.

Getting There:

From the East I-215 belt route, take exit 6 for 6200 S, then travel East on 6200 S for approximately 1.8 Miles to Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. From the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, travel East for approximately 4.0 miles to the “S Curve.” It literally looks like an S. As you round the first curve, park on your right-hand side in the North end of the S. Follow the trail marked “Mill B North Fork” across the road to the North. Mill B turns to the right once you cross the road. STAY STRAIGHT. Simply follow the creek for about 50 yards (there is a trail on the right-hand side of the creek) and you can’t miss the falls.

PACK LIST
Camera
Tripod
Climbing Gear
Wading shoes (optional)

4. Kanarra Falls, Kanarraville (just south of Cedar City)

Kanarra Falls, Kanarraville (just south of Cedar City)

This is an intermediate to advanced 3.5-mile hike. There is some scrambling involved, climbing up at least 2 waterfalls. Get up-close views of 2 waterfalls. Duration: A few hours.

This hidden gem of a hike takes you into the Kanarraville slot canyons in southern Utah. After hiking a half a mile or so from the parking lot on a fairly open trail the canyon slots up, this is where the fun begins. Here you will have to walk through the water into the slot canyon, follow the water upstream the rest of the way. After another half mile, you will be treated to one of the coolest 15-foot waterfalls you will ever see. You will have to climb up a tree trunk/ladder to the right before you reach another boulder waterfall. Scramble up the canyon to the right to keep going for more cascading falls. You can keep going as far as you like, as the canyon opens up here or turn around and follow the same route back to the parking lot.

Parking is $10 that can be put into provided envelopes and deposited into the mailbox (bring cash)

This canyon is located in the town of Kanarraville, north of Kolob Canyon, Utah. GPS Kanarraville, Utah, then as you drive into the downtown on Old US Hwy 91 (which becomes Main Street), look for E 100 N St and drive east three blocks until you reach the gated dirt road that heads up into the hills. Park in the lot to the left.

PACK LIST
Cash for parking
Shoes with grip (shoes will get wet)
Camera
Tripod (for slow shutter photos)

5. Stewart Falls, Provo Canyon

Stewart falls is a great 4-mile roundtrip hike with stunning views of that falls and great opportunities to witness fall colors if you’re hiking as the leaves change. This is a dog-friendly trail.

The canyon is closed during snowfall so this is only accessible between May-Nov usually. It is best during the fall when the leaves have changed color, but let’s be honest, it’s always great. Head up Provo Canyon and follow the signs to make a left going into Sundance. Follow the road past the ski resort and lodge until you see a parking lot on the left just near the kiosk entering the Alpine Loop.

The waterfall is beautiful and is located at the end of the trail (about 2 miles). It takes about 30min-1hr to get to the falls depending on how quickly you’re moving. The falls are a great place to hang out or picnic and the whole area is shaded in the early afternoon. There is parking at the trailhead, but you need to pay 2 dollars to get a parking pass.

PACK LIST
Good hiking shoes
1 liter of water per person
Snacks
Camera

6. The Payson Grotto

The Payson Grotto

Grotto Falls is a unique and picturesque semi-hidden waterfall. There are hardly any crowds for this short beginners hike and there’s easy access with campgrounds nearby.

Heading in the canyon you will drive along a winding road for a while until you pass through a gate (Closed during Winter, this is where you will need to pull over and continue down the road on foot) about a mile up you will see a trailhead on the left called “Bennie Creek” and right after you will see the “Grotto Trail” sign on the left just up the road. You will see many mini trails branching off but just stay on the main one that follows along the creek. You will have to zig-zag a few times across the creek. The waterfall is at the end of the trail just about 0.15 miles from the trailhead.

The waterfall is the strongest during the spring, although it looks cool with some snow and ice in the winter. It’s a great hike if you want to get away for a bit and don’t have too much time. There are also lots of campsites nearby along the same road. Definitely stop by if you are in the area!

PACK LIST
Camera
Dog
Warm Clothes (especially during winter)
Snow Boots (Winter only)
Waterproof shoes

7: Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Canyon

Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Canyon

Bridal Veil in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache is a huge picturesque waterfall (you will probably get wet).

Heading on Provo Canyon Rd the waterfall is just on the right-hand side. You will see a sign that says “Bridal Veil” to turn in and park at the falls. At the falls you can hike up a bit to get closer to the waterfall but you will get sprayed quite a bit. Usually, a few people there take photos at the bottom. The falls also create a great spot to relax and hang out for a bit. It’s never a bad idea to bring a bite with you.

The falls are also a great place to stop off at when heading into the canyon to do some hiking, backpacking or climbing. To get an up-close look, it isn’t a strenuous or challenging hike, it’s more of a relaxed place where you can snap a few pics and hang out.

During the winter, on the other hand, the falls completely freeze over which attracts quite a few people to do ice pick climbing.

PACK LIST
Camera (be careful of water/ mist)
Tripod
Snacks/ lunch
Water

8. Cascade Springs*

Cascade Springs*

*Disclaimer: This one isn’t really a waterfall, but it is a beautiful place that is fun and easily accessible for any age.  Go during the fall, you won’t be disappointed!

 

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