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Bells Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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4.8 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,141' 1,262 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 9,377' 2,858 m
Low: 5,245' 1,599 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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A trail leading to two reservoirs and a waterfall with stunning views. Easy access.

Chris Seiple

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

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). After another half-mile, 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. Most people stop here, but if you're feeling adventurous, why not take the trail to its end?

Backtrack to the main trail and head up another 1.5-2 miles, through forest, meadows, and boulder fields, creekside, until you make it to Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir. It's part of the Salt Lake watershed, so you can't swim in it, but it offers great views of the surrounding peaks. Camp near the reservoir (at least 200 feet from the water), if you want to stay overnight before heading back down.

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Sep 22, 2019
TRACY V
Sep 1, 2019
Elmira Mofid
Jul 7, 2019
Jonah Stowe
Fun and beautiful hike, pretty high traffic though. I'd suggest doing it on a weekday if you don't like dealing with a lot of people. 4.8mi
Jun 22, 2019
Stanislav M
Jun 8, 2019
Francisco Rodriguez
Nov 18, 2018
Enrique Sandoval
Jun 17, 2018
Tessa Meredith
May 7, 2018
Jenn Hein

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After turning off the dirt road, you'll be greeted with an awesome view.
Oct 15, 2015 near Granite, UT
Mountain View in August
Aug 23, 2018 near Granite, UT
trail to waterfall
Aug 19, 2018 near Granite, UT
waterfall in august
Aug 19, 2018 near Granite, UT
Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir.
Oct 19, 2015 near Granite, UT
Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir
Oct 15, 2015 near Granite, UT

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