Hike to Donut Falls



3.5 miles

Route Type


Added by Eric Bennett

Take a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike to this amazingly beautiful and picturesque waterfall. This hike, 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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Awesome Family Friendly Hike

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: https://saltlakedad.weebly.com/blog/hiking-donut-falls

Great Easy Hike with waterfall

Nice Easy hike with a nice treat at the end. easy to navigate. See video below for more info https://youtu.be/bB-Dt3q4KEs

Family-friendly and good for groups!

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.

Not for us

Lots of kids playing music and families I don’t recommend if you are looking for a peaceful hike.

almost 3 years ago

Family Adventure

This place is nutso crowded on most weekends. The falls are unique and worth the crowds if you haven't taken the family there yet, but do not go on a holiday weekend. You will regret it!

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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