Beat the crowds at Donut Falls and explore Cardiff Fork. Absolutely gorgeous scenery with a ton of wildlife. If you're feeling ambitious, head all the to the ridge line between Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and summit Mt Superior.

Cardiff Fork and Donut Falls share the same parking lot, so depending on what time of week you go exploring here, it may be the most packed parking in all of the Wasatch. Head up on a weekday for less crowds. 

The Cardiff Fork trailhead is follows the rocky jeep road around the parking lot to the west and makes its way up the canyon. The trail is a wide jeep road pretty much the whole way up. Keep your eyes open for lots of deer and moose, I see more wildlife here than anywhere else in the Wasatch. 

Once you eventually pass the mine ruins, you can either make your way around into the basin, or make your way up the Power Line ridge. Power Line makes its way up to Cardiff Pass and looks down into Little Cottonwood Canyon. Look west and you can't miss Mt Superior. If you aren't pushed for time and are an experienced hiker/scrambler, I highly recommend going up Superior. 

Pack List

  • Trail Running/hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Camera phone 
  • Prepare for the weather of the day:
    • Rain jacket
    • Wind breaker
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen 
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 2880 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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