Bells Canyon Waterfalls

(Nate Carlisle)


This hike departs suburban Utah and takes you into the beauty of mountains and streams. From the parking lot, take the stairs past a few houses and private property. At about 0.5 miles, you will reach a reservoir. Stay to the left, walking past the reservoir, and you will find a sign pointing to the trail. Follow the sign and you will leave the sagebrush for aspen and pine. The trail will become steep and rocky. At 1.9 miles, you will cross a footbridge. A few hundred yards later, the trail forks to the left. Take that fork and you will quickly find the lower waterfall. To reach the second waterfall, return to the main trail, go about another 0.6 miles to a half-buried boulder the size of a house. At the top of that boulder, you will find another fork to the left. Follow it a short distance and you will find the second waterfall.

Getting there: The trailhead is at 10245 S. Wasatch Blvd. in Sandy. From Interstate 215, take the 6200 South exit and turn south. Stay south on Wasatch Boulevard. The trailhead will be on your left in a parking lot.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Salt Lake County

Destination: Bells Canyon waterfalls

Distance: 5.08 miles

Time: 4.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,369 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

Difficulty: 3


First published 2011-07-17