Hike to Bell Canyon's Waterfall

Bell Canyon Trailhead, Sandy, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
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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.

4 months ago
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Utah! The scenery can't be beat & the falls are unreal, especially this year with all the spring runoff right now. The last half mile before the falls is basically straight up and is pretty hard but so so worth it once you're done. Definitely recommend it.

9 months ago
9 months ago

This was a great hike. The very beginning and very end are the steepest while the middle section is relatively tame. I'm an avid hiker and the end was still quite the workout for my legs! The falls are incredible. It was a nice surprise to have such a beautiful view of the valley as well.

10 months ago
10 months ago

I've done this hike twice and I would not rate this as easy like the description says it is. It is easy to the lake and beyond the hike a ways but it gets very rocky shortly before the first falls and is like that all the way to the top. However I do still love this hike so pretty and rewarding. It gets pretty cold by the fall, but it's refreshing after the hike. I would do this hike again.

10 months ago
10 months ago

My wife and I moved here two weeks ago from Pennsylvania, and this was the first chance we had to get out for a hike! Be warned, round trip from the lot is almost 6.5 miles, and that last 3/4 of a mile or so seemed (at least to an east coast kid) to be harder than beginner. View was awesome, and I'll definitely be back up there soon to see what's beyond the waterfall!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

A nice moderate hike to one of the Wasatch Mountains more known waterfalls. Well worth the hike.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I love this trail! This trail is a great one to run if you're up for the challenge! The shorter hike to the lake is a good family activity as it is pretty short. Hiking to the falls is considerably more difficult but well worth the extra effort!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This hike is pretty mellow until you get to the steep rocky section right before the falls. You have a beautiful outlook of the city right at the falls area which is nice. Bring water!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Definitely pretty steep and rocky up near the end, 4mi round trip from bell canyon reservoir. Felt like I had noodle legs near the end, but was worth it! Great views and we even saw a mountain goat!! Nice spot up top to have lunch and relax.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Great winter hike as well! Take Cramp ons!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Fun little hike so close to the city. If you hike it with Mr. Bennett be sure to do some training first. This dude can cruise!!!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This one is a go-to in the SLC area. Hit up the Cotton Bottom for garlic burgers just off the exit at 6200 S afterward! Super tasty and the vibe is casual and local. It's a bar so 21+ only.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

This hike starts from the valley floor and is pretty steep, I definitely recommend doing it in the spring or fall to avoid the brutal summer temperatures! although you could cool down by sitting under the falls ;)

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

This adventure is one of the classics of the Wasatch Front, I would highly recommend!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Scenery was beautiful, a lot of sun however quite a bit of natural shade. The waterfall was so amazing! Definitely going back.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Really long, really uphill, really tiring....TOTALLY WORTH IT

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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