The Donut Falls Hike – Utah Waterfalls

A couple of weeks ago a some new friends and I headed up to hike Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Technically, it’s considered a hike, but it was so easy I would call it more of a meander through the woods. The relative ease and the distance, about 3.5 miles roundtrip, makes it one of Salt Lake City’s most popular hikes — and you get to see a pretty sweet waterfall!

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The hike starts at the Mill D Trailhead, approximately 9 miles up the canyon, but you can drive almost all the way up to the Donut Falls Trailhead. Interestingly enough, the trailhead warned us of explosive material we might encounter along the way (we didn’t see any — sort of disappointed).

danger sign, explosives

Seriously Utah??? You didn’t want to clean these up before hundreds of people walk on the trail.

After maybe twenty to thirty minutes walking along the trail you get to where the falls are. To actually see the so called donut hole the waterfall is named after, you do have to scramble up a bunch of rocks.

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Just scramble up these rocks to get to the Donut Falls

This is the only part that anyone would have any difficulty with. We climbed all the way up and got in the cave to see Donut Falls rushing down. Very cool. It was very cold up there inside the cave (according to me) and quite wet (um, duh, by waterfall). You can climb up and look in from the top as well, but it’s not advisable.


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The donut hole of Donut Falls

The long and short of it… Donut Falls is a super easy, fun, short hike you can do with little notice or preparation and still be rewarded with great sites:)

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Semi-ominous clouds over the mountains

And on the way back, you have great mountain views and you can pretend to be a tree, just like me.

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Look I am a tree! #besttreeposeever


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