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Bells Canyon Trail

 5 votes

4.9 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

4,182' 1,275 m

Ascent

-38' -12 m

Descent

9,379' 2,859 m

High

5,236' 1,596 m

Low

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

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

Chris Seiple

Overview

Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall
Dogs: No Dogs

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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May 20, 2017
Raymond DeGennaro
Started up towards upper Reservoir 7.6mi
Feb 25, 2017
Jake Goodall
Jan 2, 2017
Shannon Callahan
Aug 21, 2016
Victoria Richards
Aug 19, 2016
Raichle Urban
Good fishing, east banks produced the most..
Jul 3, 2016
Warren S
Aug 30, 2014
chad christensen
Fun hike. passed Shingo on the way up, made me feel good about myself. did some peak bagging Bells Clever, South Thunder Mountain, big horn and Lone

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Minor Issues 45 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud, Icy: Above the waterfall some of the path is completely covered in ice and requires some scrambling to the side of the trail.
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