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Donut Falls

Big Cottonwood Canyon, North Salt Lake, UT
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Great little trail but it can get crowded

This is a short trail (approx. 1.8 miles round trip) that is mostly shaded and fairly scenic. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Houston, Texas
via mobile
Worth the walk

Our biggest regret is not trying to find a spot at the trail head; the walk from the parking lot up... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brooklyn, New York
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“easy hike” (13 reviews)
“parking lot” (6 reviews)
“nice hike” (5 reviews)
Big Cottonwood Canyon, North Salt Lake, UT
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a short trail (approx. 1.8 miles round trip) that is mostly shaded and fairly scenic. The first ~ 0.2 miles is a steady climb before the trail levels off. Just before you reach the falls, there is a ~ 8 ft. scramble down...More

Thank hflores2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our biggest regret is not trying to find a spot at the trail head; the walk from the parking lot up to the start of the hike was all uphill in the blazing sun and nearly did the three toddlers in before we even got...More

Thank akey1101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Saturday in July and purposely parked on the highway and walked the extra mile since we didn't want to deal with not finding a place at the trailhead. We had three children ages 4, 7, and 9. The road is a...More

Thank Roberta M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a moderate hike to reach the falls, and then it takes some climbing to get to be able to see the actual donut, but it's worth it. Your kids can make it to the base, but it is a moderate hike. Adults can...More

1  Thank MattIowa
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This was a great hike. We hiked from the main road which was a good thing since there was no parking spots open at the lot by the trailhead. Water shoes were a plus when you cross the river and the water was FREEZING! We...More

1  Thank Newtraveler83
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our hike to donut falls on Saturday. The trail is very heavily trafficked and a little confusing. Go right (the flatter option) when you come to the fork in the road. Some people climbed the actual falls but being a middle aged woman...More

1  Thank DFinnCincinnati
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

As a relatively new UT resident I heard a lot about Donut Falls and decided to make a visit during the recent winter. We had a good amount of snow this year and the scenery was spectacular. I didn't bring snowshoes, but wish I would...More

1  Thank Bruce K
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice hike, but I missed the turn off and went way too far the wrong way. I wasn't the only one, it's not marked well. It looks the the main path continues, but the trail for the falls cuts to the left past the...More

Thank Kimberly B
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I've done this hike many times now. In the summer you can honestly do this hike in sandals. It's not too vigorous but provides a beautiful scene throughout the hike and especially at the top. Just recently I did this hike in the snow and...More

Thank emilybankks
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We hiked to the falls in the snow and while snow shoes were not necessary, spikes would have been very helpful towards the turnaround point. We were very fortunate at the falls to be behind a couple of woman, one who was familiar with the...More

2  Thank dragonflytw65
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Molly U
27 May 2017|
Response from Bruce K | Reviewed this property |
The cave is at the top of the falls. During the winter you climb your way right to the top as the snow covers the falls. You have to crawl into the cave. I've not been there in the summer, but I imagine there is a trail that... More
Laurel E
20 January 2017|
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Response from Suzi S | Reviewed this property |
Hi Laurel, I was there in the summer, so I am unsure. Also living in FL myself. It was a pretty well laid out path, well worn, well marked. Parking could be tricky. If you park at the main road and hike in, you might need... More