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Bells Canyon Lower Waterfall

 4.3 (16)

Length


4.8 Miles 7.7 Kilometers


1,456' 444 m

Ascent

-1,456' -444 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

6,681' 2,037 m

High

5,243' 1,598 m

Low

Shared By Chris Seiple

Conditions


All Clear 53 days ago
Mostly Dry History

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A great hike to a reservoir and a waterfall with stunning views and easy access.

Chris Seiple

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This hike is very popular due to its proximity to the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, as well as its relatively short length with multiple water features. Traffic is high on weekends and most mornings. If you want solitude, better to pick a day that isn't so perfect weather-wise.

Description

Starting at the Granite Trailhead, you'll head up a relatively steep grade for about 0.3 miles (nothing too scary, but the difficulty may surprise if you're out of shape). After a few minutes of downhill, you'll head up to the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir. There are trails around the reservoir, but stay to the left if you want to hit the waterfall.

You'll follow a dirt road around the left of the reservoir for about 0.2 miles before turning left, back onto the Bells Canyon Trail (it's well-marked). Another half-mile and you'll be at a nice creek crossing with a wooden bridge and crystal clear mountain water. This is a great place to stop for a rest.

Continue on the trail into National Forest land for about a mile until you reach a trail junction at a large fir tree. It's not marked, but there is a well-worn trail that deviates to the left -- this is the side trail to the lower waterfall. Be careful here, as it's quite steep as you approach the falls, but it's definitely worth it. If you want to picnic, there's a great spot on some exposed rocks just below the falls.

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May 21, 2018
Jessica Collette
May 19, 2018
Christopher Comber
May 3, 2018
Joseph VanArtsdalen
Apr 22, 2018
Andrea Beck
4.8mi
Apr 4, 2018
Kevin Patel
5mi
Sep 16, 2017
Andrea Snyder
Jul 25, 2017
Eric Charles Wilkerson
Jul 24, 2017
Shelby Gonzales
Easy and quick hike. Three access points, all pretty swift and not too strenuous. Don't swim in the lake, there are leeches. 4.8mi

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  4.3 from 16 votes

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