Donut Falls


Big Cottonwood Canyon Road
84138 Salt Lake City,

NileGuide Expert tip:

Dogs are not allowed in either Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons since the canyons are protected watersheds.


Donut Falls is a unique waterfall in the Wasatch Mountains that gushes through a hole in the rock that literally looks like a donut hole.  The Donut Falls hike is one of the most popular hikes close to Salt Lake City and is perfect for families and hikers of all experience levels.  The trail follows a well marked trail 3/4 miles to the falls.  The trail is relatively easy except for a short rocky section just before reaching the falls.  

The hike is best done from late spring into late fall with the waterfall being most impressive during the spring runoff.  The rocks below the waterfall can be very wet and slippery so climbing up to the waterfall is not recommended.  If you wish to do so do at your own risk.    

To get to the trailhead, travel 9.3 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and turn right onto the road to Jordan Pines Picnic Area.  Continue on the road for ¾ miles from the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road to the Donut Falls/Cardiff Fork Trailhead.  


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