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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

This place was awesome! Really easy hike. Just make sure you keep left after the first river crossing. The views are spectacular and there weren't a ton of people there on a warm summer afternoon. Maybe 10. Awesome hike.

And easy but scenic hike. We went on a weekday which turned out to be perfect because we had the place all to ourselves (we heard it's usually crowded). There was still snow covering the entire trail but in my opinion it only made the hike prettier! Great place just a short drive from Salt Lake City.

There was still quite a bit of snow on the hike up, but it was very packed down and crusty. Icy and slick in a few spots. We went early Saturday morning and it was not crowded at all.

Fun for the whole family. Mildly disappointed there were no actual doughnuts.

Donut falls had an awesome ice formation and a rope to ascend towards the cave. Crampton's would be advisable for gaining access to the cave but not mandatory. We saw multiple people with tennis shoes on that made the climb with the help of the rope.

This is a great little hike, the donut falls and surrounding views of Big Cottonwood are beautiful! Be warned, this is a very big tourist spot. It was packed with all kinds of people when we visited in September.

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