Donut Falls - Hike and Swim near Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City,Utah
40.6496804966114, -111.648108959198
14.9 miles SE of Salt Lake City, Utah
GPS: 40°38'58.8"N 111°38'53.2"W
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State: Utah

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Very popular beginning hike in the Salt Lake City area. Many take this as a good intro hike into the outdoors, while others go for a trip out with friends to escape the rush of daily life. The donut name comes from the waterfall that flows into a cave through a hole in the cave ceiling. If visitors want to get a good view of the waterfall they need to be prepared to get wet in the process. 

Starting at a parking lot, visitors can follow a trail that will take them to a cave where, once they climb up and into it, will be greeted by the lovely Donut Falls. The climb into the cave is not too difficult. Visitors should just be careful of slick rocks from the stream as the climb into the cave of Donut Falls. Sometimes people want to climb on top of the cave roof and try to get a picture of the donut fall from the top down. This is not advised and trying to climb on the top has caused several fatalities in recent years. 

Overall the hike is a great hike for families and friends. In the summers the parking lot and trail can get very crowded as everyone likes to visit this cave. If going, consider going in the morning and on a weekday, which will cut down on the amount of people on the trail. The trail is relatively short, about 3 miles round trip, though remember to bring water and a camera to capture the pleasant nature around you.

The forested trail is well marked. The trailhead is in Big Cottonwood Canyon near the Jordan Pines picnic area.


2.7K Edited by cteicheira

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


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