Donut Falls

Salt Lake City, Utah

based on 45 reviews



1.53 miles

Elevation Gain

413 ft

Route Type



Added by Eric Bennett

Donut Falls is an out-and-back hike to an amazingly beautiful and picturesque waterfall. This trail, located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is good for all seasons with easy access to the trail.

The Trail

Follow the trail for just a little bit and when it forks, stay to the left and you will arrive to Donut Falls. Once at the waterfall, climb up the rocks to get to the cave at the top, which is not visible from the bottom. To take pictures inside of the cave, you will most likely get your feet wet.

This is a really short hike, so it's great if you are short on time and want to see something amazing.

Falls Coordinates: 40.629722, -111.654722

Getting There

Coming from the I-215, turn left on Big Cottonwood Road and the parking lot will be about nine miles up the road on your right. Usually the gate is closed, so park here and follow the rest of the road on foot until you get to a trailhead with restrooms on the left hand side.

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Donut Falls Reviews


In order to get to the cave, it’s a very dangerous climb up the rocks by the falls. Signs state to stay off so until there is another trail made to get up there safely and in a “legal” way, one will have to wait to appreciate the cave.

Did this hike near the end of April and had the place to ourselves. Lots of snow, but doable in regular hiking shoes. Would recommend getting in the water if you’re feeling brave!

Be careful no matter what time of year you are doing this one. There is a steep drop off when you eventually get to the water part. Usually, in the winter they have a rope that you can climb up in order to see the actual waterfall.

The hike to Donut Falls is one of my favorites! It is very family friendly and a great way to escape the SLC heat. Check out my blog post about the hike:

Nice Easy hike with a nice treat at the end. easy to navigate. See video below for more info

Donut Falls is a family-friendly, 3-mile, our-and-back hike. There is ample parking at the trailhead and public restrooms. The trail leads you through dense pine trees, across streams, and to the base of a spectacular feat of nature - a donut-shaped waterfall. I highly recommend you scramble up the rock face to see the opening. Please note, this hike gets quite crowded on the weekend and during the day.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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