Hike to Donut Falls



3.5 miles

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Added by Eric Bennett

Take a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike to this amazingly beautiful and picturesque waterfall. This hike, located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is good for all seasons with easy access to the trail.

The Trail

Follow the trail for just a little bit and when it forks, stay to the left and you will arrive to Donut Falls. Once at the waterfall, climb up the rocks to get to the cave at the top, which is not visible from the bottom. To take pictures inside of the cave, you will most likely get your feet wet.

This is a really short hike, so it's great if you are short on time and want to see something amazing.

Falls Coordinates: 40.629722, -111.654722

Getting There

Coming from the I-215, turn left on Big Cottonwood Road and the parking lot will be about nine miles up the road on your right. Usually the gate is closed, so park here and follow the rest of the road on foot until you get to a trailhead with restrooms on the left hand side.

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almost 4 years ago


This place was awesome! Really easy hike. Just make sure you keep left after the first river crossing. The views are spectacular and there weren't a ton of people there on a warm summer afternoon. Maybe 10. Awesome hike.


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about 4 years ago

Beautiful Hike And Falls

And easy but scenic hike. We went on a weekday which turned out to be perfect because we had the place all to ourselves (we heard it's usually crowded). There was still snow covering the entire trail but in my opinion it only made the hike prettier! Great place just a short drive from Salt Lake City.

about 4 years ago

Easy hike, very cool

There was still quite a bit of snow on the hike up, but it was very packed down and crusty. Icy and slick in a few spots. We went early Saturday morning and it was not crowded at all.

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