Hike Adams Canyon

Utah Adams Canyon

Added by Thomas Burton

  • 40-foot Waterfall
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Trail Follows the River through a Forest so it is Cooler
  • 3.8 Miles Round-Trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1212 feet
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • The most popular hiking trail in Layton

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.

Pack List

  • Sun Hat
  • Camera
  • Plenty of Water or a way to Filter from the River
  • Your Dog
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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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4 months ago

Worth The Heat!!!!

Good Hike, First Little Bit Is All In The Sun And Then There Is More Shade As You Enter The Canyon More Because There Are More Trees. Wear Sunscreen. The Waterfall Is Beautiful Definitely Worth The Hot Hike. The Water Is Cold And Refreshing! Take A Lunch Up And Chill Up At The Waterfall For Little Bit.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Hot Sand and Scenic Waterfall

If you are taking your 4 legged friend on this hike during the summer, make sure that they have booties or you go early morning. The first 1/2 mile is totally exposed and the trail is sand. We got about 60 yards and had to turn around. I came back at a later date and hiked it with my family. It was steeper than anticipated, but the waterfall was well worth the climb! It wasn't overly crowded when we did it last August either.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Great Hike With A Beautiful Waterfall At The End

A nice hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. In the spring the water will be flowing higher from snowmelt and you'll get your feet wet to see the waterfall. I climbed up the cliffs at the waterfall for a great view of the Salt Lake. I wouldn't recommend that for most though.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Winter Hike With The Fam.

We did this hike last Sat. Feb 20th. We all the snow it was a beautiful hike and a lot of fun. Some spots were slippery and steep but it made for some really fun scrambling. Doing this hike in the winter is good cause you avoid all the crowds... We took our dog and she loved it! Everyone was super friendly beside one gentleman that was upset that my dog was off leash. What's the point of taking a dog hiking if they have to be on leash. Get over it guy, you don't own the trails and dogs make everything more fun anyways! ūüź∂ūüźĺūüėČ

8 months ago

9 months ago

One of the best hikes in Davis County

This is such a fun and pretty hike with a lot to offer in any season. It is very popular on the weekends so get there early to avoid the crowds and the heat at the beginning of the hike. When hiking here in the evening or on weekdays, there are far fewer people. There are a few smaller waterfalls before the big one and it's fun to stop and photograph them. The trail can get slippery leading up to the waterfall so make sure you wear appropriate shoes. When the flow is high, your feet will probably get wet. The wildflowers are quite beautiful here when in season.

9 months ago

10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes

This is a must in early or late summer. The first couple of miles are pretty exposed, so avoid hiking mid-day.

10 months ago

12 months ago

I've done this hike many times. It's a nice Saturday afternoon hike with family or friends. Great waterfall at the end! Beautiful scenery all the way up. Stand under the waterfall if you dare!

12 months ago

Added by Thomas Burton

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