Hike to Bell Canyon's Waterfall

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Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

1500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Eric Bennett

Bell Canyon Waterfall is a scenic hike or trail run, which makes for a great weekday adventure. During summer months, head here after work for stunning sunset views.

If you keep a steady pace, the hike takes about an hour each way, so allow time when trying to catch the sunset. The hike is pretty easy until right before you reach the falls, where there is a big, steep hill you have to climb.

From the parking lot/trailhead, head up the path and head left when you arrive at the reservoir, so that the water is on your right. You will see a "trail" sign on the left of the path, follow this small trail all the way and you will cross a bridge over the stream at some point and then you will come to the bottom of a steep, rocky hill. At the top of the hill, head left around the big tree and continue straight until you hear/see the falls.

Be careful when maneuvering around the falls, especially in the dark; the rocks and dirt get really slippery and wet. You can get a great view of the sunset just on top of the falls. Camping is prohibited here and dogs are not allowed as it is Sandy's Watershed.

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about 2 months ago

Busy but Beautiful

This hike was beautiful, the falls, the valley views, the reservoir mid-hike, the views of the mountains, the meadows, the stream, and the forests combine to make a spectacular hike. However, this hike is extremely popular among locals and if hiking it in the middle of the day you should expect a good crowd and very little seclusion. It is a moderately difficult hike, particularly the last half mile, but not too difficult for many to handle.

Incredible Views

This has been one of my favorite short hikes this season.

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over 2 years ago

Beautiful Family Adventure

This is a great family hike with a destination that's hard to beat. The falls are absolutely massive during runoff. The final climb is steep and challenging but my 8 year made it with some encouragement. Push your kids a little and they'll surprise you with what they can handle.

Difficult Hike

This was a beautiful hike, but it was not easy, the beginning of the hike is pretty laid back but once you get to the turn off for the Falls it becomes very difficult! I would recommend this hike to anyone though, the top gives a great view of SLC and the falls are marvelous.

Moderate, Not Easy...Well Worth The Views Though!!

This hike was awesome! My fiancé and I did it in early October, and the changing fall foliage was spectacular!! As described the first few switchbacks and middle part are pretty easy going, but once you make it to the turn off sign for the falls, and through the following aspen grove, the hike is no joke! Certainly worth the climb though! (Especially if you’re a photographer) The falls and the view of the canyon are amazing! We went up early morning, and the reservoir was beautifully still and reflective. And the morning also makes the hike cool enough for a simple jacket. Highly recommended for all levels of hiker! Just go at your own pace and let faster hikers pass through.

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