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Doughnut Falls

(NATE CARLISLE I The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

This is a good hike when you're short on time in Big Cottonwood Canyon but would like to see a geological peculiarity. From the trailhead, stay on the worn path and follow the arrows to the stream. To see the doughnut hole, you will have to cross to the other side of the stream. Be ready to get your feet wet if you're crossing in the spring when the water gets ankle-deep.

Getting there: From the canyon mouth, drive about nine miles up the canyon and turn right into the Jordan Pines Picnic area. Take the right fork and follow the road 0.6 miles. You'll find the road ending at some outhouses. The hiking trail is not marked with a "Donut Falls" label, but take the path next to the restrooms and you're on your way.

 

-- -Nate Carlisle

Region: Salt Lake County

Destination: Donut Falls

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 30 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,309 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 1
 

 

First published 2009-06-14