Waterfall hiking near Salt Lake City-Panergy
Things To Know Before You Hike
1) Slippery and Wet Rocks
The rocks around waterfalls can be very slippery and easily moved if/when you step on them.
Use caution as you’re walking around waterfalls.
Rattlesnakes are frequently seen on all of these trails. As a good rule of thumb, don’t put your hands or feet somewhere your eyes haven’t seen first.
In addition, don’t hike with headphones. Rattlesnakes rattle as a warning that you’re too close.
If you have headphones, you won’t hear that important warning sign.
Lastly, don’t wander off-trail and put your feet in places you can’t see.
3) Be a Prepared Hiker
I say this all the time, but it’s important to be a prepared hiker, even if you’re just going on a “short” hike.
I see so many people out hiking with nothing but a plastic water bottle in their hands.
As a reader of this blog, you know how much I stress safety and proper preparedness for every outdoor adventure.
North Of Salt Lake City (Ogden/Logan)
Waterfall Canyon waterfall in Utah.
1) Waterfall Canyon
Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,023 ft
Difficulty: short but steep
The first half of this hike provides no shade as you hike on sandy loose rocks. The second half of the hike is steeper but more rocky and shaded.
This is a unique waterfall. There wasn’t a lot of water when I went in mid-June, but I imagine if you go earlier in the spring, or after a big snow year, there would be more water.
There are lots of other trails in the area, so make sure you pay attention and go the correct way.
Lower Adams Canyon waterfall hike in Logan, Utah.
2) Lower Adams Canyon Waterfall
Length: 1.0 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 250 ft
This is a short sunny hike in mostly sand to a small but beautiful waterfall. The hike starts off with steep switchbacks in the sand and there is no shade until you reach the falls.
The very end leading down to the falls is steep and rocky for just a few feet. You can do this waterfall as its own hike, or make it a stop on the way up to Adams Canyon Waterfall (#3 below).
There are lots of trails in this area, so make sure you’re paying attention so you don’t go the wrong way.
Adams Canyon Waterfall in Utah.
3) Adams Canyon Waterfall
Length: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,263 ft
I loved both the hike and the waterfall! One of my favorites.
The waterfall is such a classic looking waterfall and after the first mile or so, there’s a lot of shade on the trail, which was so nice. This trail definitely got steep at the end though!
Big Cottonwood Canyon Area
Hidden Falls waterfall in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah.
4) Hidden Falls
Length: 0.2 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 171 ft
To get to the trailhead, drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon 4.4 miles and park in the small Mill B North Trailhead parking lot. Once you park, follow the stairs to the right of the sign, cross the road, and follow the water up to the waterfall.
This is a super short walk. There are slippery loose rocks, but overall this waterfall was easy to find.
Moss Ledge waterfall in Utah.
5) Moss Ledge Waterfall
Length: 0.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 531 ft
Difficulty: short but steep
To find the trail, park at mile marker 7 in Big Cottonwood Canyon (about 5.3 miles up if you reset the odometer at the base of the canyon).
This is one of my favorite waterfalls on the list, but this hike is steep on loose rock. Scrambling and route finding is required.
The rocks were very slippery, both wet and dry.
Donut Falls waterfall in Utah.
6) Donut Falls
Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 400 ft
No list of waterfalls near Salt Lake City would be complete without Donut Falls. This is one of the more popular hikes on the list.
It’s a very easy hike leading to a large waterfall. The “donut” part is at the very top of the photo where the falls seemingly disappear, but hiking up to that point is prohibited.
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