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Bells Canyon Lower Waterfall

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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

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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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Nov 18, 2018
Enrique Sandoval
Nov 18, 2018
Matt Wisch
Oct 13, 2018
James Erekson
Oct 8, 2018
Donnie Jackson
Sep 26, 2018
Amanda Waltz-Mook
Sep 11, 2018
Joseph Maynez
Sep 9, 2018
Princess Hiker
Hiked to the falls with Sal and Jessie’s first trip out. 5mi
Sep 8, 2018
Nick Stenquist
Water level is the lowest I've ever seen. 4.8mi

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  4.3 from 26 votes

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