Explore Little Cottonwood Canyon's Lisa Falls
Utah › Lisa Falls
Added by Jordan Smith
Short, family friendly hikeBeautiful waterfallRock climbing and boulderingEasily accessible0.22 out-and back hikeElevation Gain: 80ft
Lisa Falls sits approximately 0.22 miles from Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. While the trail is not long or particularly steep, there are some large step ups that could be difficult for either the very old or very young. Nonetheless, this is a great option for a family outing.
Once you arrive at the falls, you'll find yourself in a large granite boulder quarry, which provides easy entertainment for the littleish ones. If you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, you can scramble up the left side of the falls to the upper falls, and a small granite slot-like canyon that the falls flow from. The views of LCC from the top of the falls are beautiful, especially at sunset. If you're lucky, you may even spot a mountain goat or two.
I have seen families rock climbing both to the left and right of the falls. The geography at the falls makes it fairly easy to find an anchor above for climbing. Routes are relatively easy, and I've seen small children climbing both sides.
Lisa Falls makes for a great destination if you are short on time or have little ones that would enjoy the boulders and playing in the water. If you have more time, plan to hike a couple of different trails within the canyon. There are numerous trails for all skill levels.
Water flow slows in the fall, so if you want to see the falls at its peak, go during the spring or early summer.
From Salt Lake City or from Provo, take I-15 to the 9000 S exit (Exit 295). Turn east onto 9000 S (UT-209) and follow it for 7.2 miles to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. 9000 S will become 9400 S and then to 9600 S as you drive to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. You will come to a junction at the mouth of the canyon, turn right (east), and continue up the canyon. Drive up the canyon Road for 2.7 miles. You’ll see a small parking area on the right side of the road, followed by a small parking area on the left side of the road. Park on the left side of the road if possible. The trail is unmarked, but begins from this parking area on the left.
- Water Shoes
- Climbing Gear (optional)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Perfect Family Picnic Hike
Lisa Falls is a super simple short hike up which makes it perfect for families. Beware though, Ive been rattled at by a rattlesnake hiking on this trail. And I advise not climbing up the falls without safety equipment. I know a girl who fell 50 feet from one of the falls and had to be lifted out by helicopter.
Beautiful Unique Waterfall
I'm slightly obsessed with waterfalls, and Lisa Falls is one of my favorites - a short, easy hike to a unique granite waterfall, where the water elegantly falls down the smooth rock surface!
Short and sweet
Great quick out and back trail to some waterfalls in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Moderately trafficked. Several people rock climbing by the falls - which we will definitely check out next time we head that way.
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to Zebra Slot Canyon
Utah / Zebra Slot Canyon
This place is just outside of Escalante, Utah, about 6 miles drive down the Hole in the Rock Road / BLM 200.
Visit the Potash Road Petroglyphs
Utah / Potash Road, Moab
Just north of Moab driving out on route 191, look for Potash Road, also known as route 279 just after the Colorado River. Turn left on Potash road and and drive five miles south.