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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

Was a short yet fun little hike! Unfortunately we didn't see the falls due to the snowfall so we couldn't pass the sign that mentions not to pass cause of the dangers. Otherwise it was beautiful walking through the the fresh snow

A very mild hike but an absolute must.

Beautiful hike and a great waterfall to end up at! Which as a bonus turn into an ice cave in winter!

A couple people said to simply "ignore the warning signs" and just go on up to the falls. This is NOT OKAY. A handful of people die at these waterfalls every summer. It is very tragic. You CAN go to the falls, just be wary that once you cross past those signs, there is a likely chance that you will be struck by a falling rock or boulder. Be wary of this if you choose to continue past the signs, be safe, and wear good shoes on the slick rocks.



I did this hike last weekend and it was sweet in the ice! I have done it in every season and there really is not a bad time to go. It is so short and easy that it can even be done combined with another hike up big cottonwood canyon.

There's a sign that says "don't hike past this point, don't climb on rocks, don't go in the water". To get to the cave, you need to ignore all of these instructions and keep climbing to what appears to be the top. My husband and I assumed this must not have been the right waterfall and then kept hiking up looking for another until we saw from above that this was the right one after all. Easier to figure out once the rush came in, so keep this in mind for your first time and if you're alone.

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