Adams Canyon Trail

Hikers on the trail, to see the waterfall up Adams Canyon.


From the parking lot the trail starts next to a chain-link fence and isnít posted. It zigzags up a steep hill and connects with the Shoreline Trail. Take the trail leading into Adams Canyon. You will drop down on the north side of the creek, where you start hiking the North Fork of Holmes Creek. Huge pines as well as shrub oaks offer shade. About a mile and a half into the hike, you will cross an old bridge, where the trail becomes steeper and more difficult. A spectacular 40-foot waterfall hides behind a bend in the creek and the mist in the air rolls out behind the rock face. Depending on conditions, you may have to wade into the creek to see it. If the water is high due to run-off, donít step into the creek. Turn around and try this hike later when conditions are safer.

Getting there: On Highway 89 in Kaysville, turn east on 1200 North, the first street north of Oak Hills Drive. Make a immediate right turn onto East Side Road (a frontage road of Highway 89). The dirt parking area is on the left, before you enter a residential area.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Waterfall

Distance: 3.75 miles

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,212 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes, on leash

Restrooms: No

Biking: Not recommended

GPS Location: 41.0668883, -111.9099402

Difficulty: 4


First published 2006-06-01