Donut Falls Hiking Trail - Big Cottonwood Canyon
The turn off to the Donut Falls Hiking Trail is located approx 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot.
The parking lot offers parking for several cars, however due to the popularity of this hike this lot fills up fast especially on the weekends. The trail starts to south of the parking lot by the restrooms. The trail has a slight elevation gain but is great for hikers of all ages. The trail winds through woods and meadows and offers beautiful views of the surrounding terrain and stream. Once close to the falls the trail leads you next to the stream and you can hear the cascading water in the distance. At this point you will experience a slight drop-off that the kids may need help with. Once you reach the falls you can cross a very small log bridge to the east side of the stream to get a great view of the falls and the donut which the falls are named. Utah Outdoor Activities does not advise climbing up the rock to view the "donut hole" as this rock is very slippery. If you do, you do so at your own risk.
On our visit we noticed people from 1 to 2 years of age to the elderly having a great time in the great outdoors. It is nice to know that this beautiful hike has been set aside for public use and is less then a ½ hour drive for most living in the Salt Lake Valley. If you haven’t visited Donut Falls we highly recommend that you do. Remember this trail is very popular so be prepared for the crowds. Also as with all outdoor activities please watch the weather, bring plenty of water, a cell phone, a snack and be safe!
Driving Directions: Travel up the canyon road 9.0 miles, and you will come to a large parking lot with restrooms. This area is also a very popular sledding area in the winter time. Turn right a travel down the paved road past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area past some private property to the trail head parking area.