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Adams Canyon

Layton, Utah

based on 12 reviews



3.55 miles

Elevation Gain

1434 ft

Route Type



Added by Thomas Burton

Adams Canyon Trail is the most popular hiking trail in Layton. Dogs are allowed on this hike to a scenic 40-foot Waterfall.

The trailhead is at a dirt parking lot with a lot of parking, but on Saturday mornings it can get full and people are forced to park on the street.

As you start off, there are a few steep and sandy switchbacks. They don't last too long but on a hot day it can seem like forever. After that, the trail will continue to be steep but won't switchback nearly as often. Follow the trail through the forest and eventually it will start to get a little rocky. There is a bridge to cross the stream at one point. Near the waterfall, there is no bridge to cross the stream but plenty of rocks to hop across.

There will be a lot of dogs on this trail as well as people. Sometimes it can get slick and muddy especially in the Spring when the snow melt is high. Total elevation gain on this hike is 1,420 feet. There are also a ton of camping spots near the trail if you would like to spend the night, one time I saw a father and a son panning for gold in the river.

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Adams Canyon Reviews

I do this hike every year with my family and it’s so close to home. Not a difficult hike for kids. The hardest part is the switchbacks in the beginning, but it’s not long at all. The waterfall at the end is worth it

It's hard to find a better waterfall in the area. And during spring runoff, it's thundering! Great challenging family hike.

One of my favorite hikes especially during the winter because the waterfall freezes and it's absolutely gorgeous.

This hike has a gorgeous beginning with an excellent overlook, then diving into the forest with a nice stream next to the trail the whole way, with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Definitely worth your time!

This hike is a popular choice, so there were plenty of other people on the trail. The trail is very pretty, well marked and ends with a gorgeous waterfall

Gorgeous hike! The waterfall midway through April was freezing but well worth the cold feet

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