Summary: This is one on my Favorite hikes and is a very popular hiking trail in Davis County. This trail is popular due to its accessibility and the scenic beauty of the beautiful 40 foot waterfall at the end of the trail. In the first half mile you will climb over 500 feet. After you cross the shoreline trail you will drop some to the creek level then you will rise about 800 additional feet over the next .8 miles. The trail follows the North Fork of Holms creek through shady scrub oak and majestic white pine. The largest evergreen tree I have seen in Utah I found long this trail. You will cross the creek twice once on a sad old bridge that badly needs replacing and at the end by stepping on the rocks. The water fall at the end is spectacular, take some time to stand in the spray and cool off before heading back down the trail.
Trailhead: To find the trail head take hwy 89 north to Layton, turn right on East 1200 North road then immediately turn right on Eastside road. Near the end of eastside road you will see a dirt parking area. This is the trail head parking. (Lat:41.066275 Lon:-111.909903)
Trail Guides for Adams Canyon :
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Ogden Ranger District 507 25th Street, Suite 103, Ogden, Utah 84401; 801-625-511
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by TB on 10/3/2013
It was a great hike! Some say the trail was easy, others said that it wasn't marked well. It is a good idea to hike the trail yourself and then decide whether it is safe for your children. We did take the wrong fork once and ended up by the creek too soon and had to hike back up the hill to rejoin the trail.After you climb up the switchbacks in the sand and are on the mountain face, take the high road that has a large rock on the trail. Also, there is one spot that you have to climb along the rock face of the mountain. Somebody has secured a rope to help. You can climb above that to avoid if you don't feel safe scaling the rock mountain, but that route is also challenging. Stick to the paths that look most used and you won't get lost.
Reviewed by caryn on 2/26/2013
I love this hike. The only bad thing is that it is a bit too popular.
Reviewed by Shawny Boy on 7/19/2012
It's a nice little morning or late afternoon/evening hike. There are a few fun spots where you get to climb on rocks and traverse small rock faces. The fun of this hike is that it has a lot of variety, so you don't get bored or burned out. Beautiful to hike in the early summer when there is still just a little bit of snow left up there. Watch your step on the rock faces, however, they can be very slippery when wet and you might end up in the river. Also, it should be noted that this isn't a good hike for small dogs. Medium and large dogs should do fine on it, but definitely need to be leashed and picked up after as there are a lot of hikers on the trail.
Reviewed by Mylan on 6/24/2012
I just recently moved here to SLC, UT from CA and I wanted to explore the outdoors. The reviews on this page is correct to the T. The first part of the hike about 1/2 mile in all sandy and uphill and no shade :( The middle is filled with trees, running flows of water, and flat lands. There are lots of pictures to take and lots of paths. My recommendation is to follow the water. Right before the waterfall is pretty strenuous and for climbing rocks and steep hills. I brought my mini pin and chihuahua mix with me and he was very very tired. Luckily I came with friends who were able to help my pup up the rock climb. I chose 3 stars because I want to see as many hikes and waterfalls as I possible can. :)
Reviewed by Rachel on 6/15/2012
The beginning of this trail is heavily sanded and hot (like walking through sand dunes), but once past this it cools off and you will have many shaded areas. The waterfall at the end is definitely worth seeing. However, if you can't make it to the end, there are several spots along the way that would make worthy endpoints. I agree with others regarding the difficulty rating of this hike. It is definitely more on the difficult side, particularly for kids and in comparison to other "moderate" trails. I took my 7 and 5 year old on this and it was really hard (and scary) for them in spots. However, with that said, both kids want to go again tomorrow.
Reviewed by TB on 5/26/2012
This is a very nice and beautiful hike. I would take plenty of water especially if you are going in the hotter parts of the day. The beginning of the hike is hot because it is not shaded and it starts out a little steep. There are a few harder spots as you get closer to the waterfall but they are manageable. I do not recommend this to people who are out of shape or smaller children. When I went there were a few children hiking it and they seemed exhausted. It is a little chalenging but once you get to the waterfall it is well worth it. There is a mist from the waterfall that cools you down and spots to have a break.
Reviewed by RM on 5/22/2012
I really loved this hike. The scenery is beautiful like most people have said. Although I wouldn't take kids younger than 12. This trail is pretty difficult but to the point how a hike should actually be. Some people think it is hard because they are unprepared. It'a worth it though, if you are an outdoor kind of person that is starting to hike, this is a great start to hike. This trail is perfect for boy scout camping trips and allows them to experience rigor hiking. The first time I went there was during the winter and even then, it is beautiful. I reccomend this to beginner hikers.
Reviewed by Lisa on 5/21/2012
As the author says the switchbacks are the biggest climb up, and after that mellows out a bit. Then come some steeper parts and climbing over rocks. We did take our 3 and 4 year olds with us. While they did have a little difficulty, they did ok. They both hike it by themselves up til the very end when we had to cross the stream. We carried them across so that they could be rewarded for their hard work. The 4 year old hiked the entire trail by herself while her brother got a little bit of a ride on the last half of the way back. Kids can go, but be aware that is is steep, and it is dangerous in spots. It ended up taking us 2 hours to get up and about 1.5 hours to come back down. That included a stop for lunch. Good luck and enjoy Utah!
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