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“Perfect hike for those with young children”
Review of Donut Falls

Donut Falls
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We did this hike with 4 adults and 5 kids under age 6, youngest ones were 3. It was the perfect hike for them. At the very end you do you have to help them down the rocks to get to waterfall, but the entire trail is doable for them. The only thing is many of them tripped fell on their hands and knees because of the rocks protruding here and there on the trail...they were fine but I kept on telling them to step on the dirt and not the rocks so they wouldn't slip. No injuries. Not too far of a hike. We were in and out in 2 1/2 hours and that included stopping for food and chilling at the waterfall.

Bathroom facilities were at the beginning of trail and they were out of control disgusting! You have been warned!

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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

We left Salt Lake around 9:30am and, despite a bit of road construction, made it to the trailhead by 10:15 am. We were unsure if we were at the right location because we never found a sign marking the trail as Donut Falls. We decided to hike up anyway. After 20 minutes of leisurely (if slightly more inclined than we thought) hiking, we came to the falls ravine. At this point, the hike requires walking in the creek, climbing up large boulders and logs. You will get your shoes wet. The current in the creek is weak enough that it doesn't affect the climb. It's a time saver to know that you should stay to the right side of the ravine in order to reach the falls. Once we reached the falls, we were able to climb down into the fall pool and stand behind and underneath the falls. Spectacular!! And COLD! Once we were done checking out the falls, we climbed and additional 20-30 feet above the falls and reached a flat spot with an incredible view. From there we were able to walk down a forest trail near the creek, bypassing the need to climb down slippery rocks, logs, and loose shale. The trail we followed met back up with the main trail, slightly below the entrance to the ravine. From here we followed the road along the creek (instead of crossing the bridge and returning the way we came in). The creek road was uncrowded and beautiful and returned us to the trailhead parking area. We really enjoyed every part of this hike.

The trail head has an outhouse. The area has no trash services, so be prepared to pack out whatever you bring in.

My suggestions:

Go all the way up. Don't be intimidated by the climb up to the falls. It's pretty easily managed and totally worth it

ARRIVE EARLY! When we arrived at 10:15am the parking area was nearly full. We encountered a few groups on our hike in and experienced a bottleneck here and there in the ravine as we were waiting for people to climb down. As we were hiking back around 11:30 we saw droves of people making their way up to the falls. As we left, the parking lot, it was chock full and there was a half a mile of cars lining the road on the way out.

Bring shoes with good traction, that you don't mind getting wet and dirty. And by wet I mean totally submerged and then muddy afterward. Chacos or Tevas with a back strap are ideal for the entire hike, in my opinion anyway.

2  Thank WanderEat
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Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

This hike is only 1.4 miles round trip. Their are beautiful pine trees along the way. Plenty of shade and safe for little kids. THis is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon which is beautiful and has several other hikes along the way.

Thank lovelaughsew
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Last Saturday I packed up the truck with friends and several neighborhood boys in tow and headed up into the magnificent Wasatch Mountains. Big Cottonwood Canyon is so close to town it makes outdoor experiences an easy thing to do. This was an outing for our Scout troop and we left home at 7:15 am. 45 minutes later we were parked alongside the road at the turnout that leads up to Donut Falls. Due to the deep snow, the gate is locked at the highway in the winter and so the hike begins here. Not worry though. Its still worth it and in the winter, the summer crowds on this very popular dayhike are no where to be seen.

We began by heading up the road that leads to the trailhead parking area, this area also shares its proximity with several private cabins. We made it through the cabin area and arrived at the trailhead in no time at all. From here the trail is obvious, as it heads up the small canyon to the south. As we ascended the trail, the canyon walls pushed in on us and soon we felt like we were transported to a much more remote location. The sounds of the highway were muffled out and all we could hear was the crunching of snow beneath our feet, and the laughing play of the excited boys. there were a few steep pushes, but these are relatively short. The trial comes out of the trees at a steep decline then rounds the corner at a foot bridge. not much of the river is visible with the deep winter snow, but it is reassuring that the bridge is elevated and provides a safe way over. Once on the other side of the bridge the trail splits. Here it momentarily joins the old mining road, and for the more adventurous (and those with more time) the road will take you up to an old mining area. I have never been here personally, but it is on my todo list for sure. the trail to donut falls veers left and stays in the flat. These low relatively open areas are easy but soon you encounter a steep descent into the gulley where lies the falls. its not too much, 10-12 feet is all, but it is a bit tricky to navigate. Once down on in the gulley it is only a few bends and you arrive at......donut falls? Well, it is a dead end but believe me, this is the place. In the winter deep snows completely bury the falls and make an interesting but pleasant stopping ponit (Perfect for young scouts who are out on their first snowshoe adventure) We made it to the falls in 90 minutes.

After playing around a bit and getting cold, we decide it is time to get going. On the way down the boys wanted to venture off and see what snowshoeing is really like, the packed trail doesnt actually required snowshoes, its just more of an insurance because the snow was frozen solid. but off the trail the snow is soft and deep and it was funny watching the boys attempt to keep their feet under them as they trudged through the powder.

We were back to the cars by 11:00. On the way down we passed several groups making their way up into the area. I was glad we came early as I am sure it would soon be more crowded.

You can bet we will return again next year.

One word of warning.
there are no toilet facilities available at any point along this route. Go before or plan to pack it out. It is a watershed area.

2  Thank Scott W
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Go when it is warm enough that you won't mind getting wet and wear shoes that are good for climbing on wet rocks.

Thank Roni2112
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