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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 is a great short hike for everyone, including kids, though it can be a little sketchy climbing up at the falls. There alway seems to be someone getting themselves into a difficult spot if they aren't physically up for the climb/scramble up the rocks. But a gorgeous payoff!

A fun hike with good photo ops near the waterfall.

Really fun hike!

Love this, great way to kill a Saturday. Enjoy it year round, and lots more you can do to add to the trip

Have done this hike many times in all seasons! Never gets old <3

Just got back from this hike during spring runoff and it's an entirely different beast! Bring some good water shoes/sandals and expect to get very wet if you brave the climb to the top. One of the most downright fun short waterfall hikes I've done in a while. And yes, weekdays are where it's at!

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