Summary: This is a very easy hike that is suitable for hikers of all ages and experience levels. The trail is an easy one to hike. However, a rocky step-down just prior to reaching the falls may prove a bit challenging for children and elderly hikers.
This is an ideal hike for anyone who just wants to get away for a brief respite, but doesn't have a lot of time to spend on a more lengthy hike. This hike is very safe. It should be noted, howerver, that the terrain immediately surrounding the falls is extremely rugged. Great care should be taken when climbing up the walls surrounding the falls. There are numerous boulders in the vicinity of the falls and caution should be exercised around them especially during spring runoff or after extreme weather. These boulders have been known to dislodge and move, with tragic results.
The waterfall, which travels THROUGH a hole in the rocks, is delightful. Some time should definitely be spent enjoying the area before returning.
Trailhead: Getting to Big Cottonwood Canyon:
Take I-215 South (freeway will become I-215 East) until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. The intersection is clearly signed. You will see a 7-11 store to your right.
From the north or south ends of the valley, take I-15 to I-215 East and follow the directions above.
Getting to the Trailhead:
Travel up the canyon road 9.0 miles. Here, the turn-off to the right will take you to the trailhead one mile further, past the Jordan Pines picnic area and some private property. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking area. (Lat:40.63957 Lon:-111.6512)
Trail Guides for Donut Falls:
Best Easy Day Hikes - Salt Lake City
by Brian Brinkerhoff (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411 Tu-Sa 10:30a-7:00p MT
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Troy Slater, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by MLC on 8/7/2016
I'm from SoCal & was up last week visiting family. We hiked donut canyon and it was amazing. It was an easy hike with much to see. The trail is fairly easy with the first 1/4 of it being rocky and a little steep but it leveled out after that. Once you reach the top there are several big rocks that you do have to climb to get to the waterfall. It wasn't too difficult. I'm over 50 & didn't have any trouble. It was well worth it. You can actually go into the cave under/behind where the water falls thru the rocks above. It was amazing & it was the highlight of our trip. The weather was perfect too, about 80, once we got into the hike a bit due to the beautiful tall surrounding trees.
Reviewed by RN on 7/4/2016
Holiday weekend mistake. Too many people, bathrooms over flowing, ticket trap, never left the trail head. Gave up and drove over guardsman pass.
Reviewed by Viewer on 3/10/2016
OMG what a birthday present foe me and my twin. IN THE SNOW! Nice,rough,delightful reward at the top! J Hargis
Reviewed by James on 4/12/2015
Nice hike! Still a little snow up close to the falls and quite a slippery decline. Water was flowing nicely. Some places I wish I had some crampons! Beautiful waterfall!
Reviewed by Marissa on 6/7/2014
Went on this hike this morning. I'm not really a robust hiker, and this was still very enjoyable. There was no snow and the gate is now open. It was kinda crowded at the end, which I'm guessing is typical of a Saturday morning. Also, you have to wade through some water to get to the actual donut hole at the top, so I recommend water-friendly hiking shoes or Tevas or something. Fantastic hike for all levels and ages!
Reviewed by Nic on 5/11/2014
Hiked this today. A lot of packed snow on trail. We could only see top where water went into ground. The bottom "cave" was completely blocked by snow. Still pretty. I can't wait to try it this summer. The gate was closed and we did have to park at the lot on the road and walk up to trailhead.
Reviewed by Mylan on 7/29/2012
Donut Falls is a very easy hike. There are lot of kids, and adults of all ages that hike this trail. Parking: Because it's a short and easy hike, there are TONS of people there and very little parking. We found out the hard way and tried to park inside the park only to be stuck in "traffic" with lots of dips on the unpaved road. As soon as you turn off onto the trail, it would be best to park outside. Trail: There are lots of trees that will keep you and your family cool. No dogs are allowed. Right before you can see the Donut, you will have take extra precaution walking over wet rocks and balance yourself on logs. The most fun and difficult was climbing up boulders to see more waterfalls.
Reviewed by Jim on 7/7/2012
Took the kids up today. It was a really nice walk up. We saw some some small wildlife and lots of flowers. Next time we'll bring some better shoes and go a bit further up the waterfall. We stopped at the base because the kids shoes were too slick. Will definitely do this again.
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