Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hidden Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Hidden Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hidden Falls trail map

Hidden Falls is a quick walk off the side of the road up Big Cottonwood Canyon - with only a .07 mile walk up the road, there's no good reason to pass it up! This is perfect in Spring when the waterfall is running full. On the 5 minute walk you will also pass by an old, closed off mine. This walk is perfect for those with little kids or family visiting that aren't big hikers but still want to see pretty scenery.



 From SLC, head south on I-15, then East on I-215. Take exit 6 for 6200 S/Wasatch Blvd, and turn right. Turn Left at the 7-11 for Big Cottonwood Canyon. Head up the canyon for 4.7 miles. Right at the "S" curve, there is a parking lot on the right side of the road. Only 10 cars can fit here. If it is full you will have to park along the road. The trail starts on the north side of the "S", so either way you'll need to cross the road. 

Distance: 0.2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 53 ft
Time: 5 minutes -1 hour
Dog friendly? No, this is protected watershed area so dogs are not allowed in any part of BCC
Kid friendly? Yes!

Hidden Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hidden Falls trail map
Cross the road, and look for the trail veering off to the left at the creek. You can cross the creek if it's cooler weather and walk up OR if it's warm enough out you can literally walk up the river with water shoes.

My parents visited Utah in May 2015, so that's when we walked here. They aren't big hikers, but this was perfect for them. Plus with Spring in full bloom; the trees were so green!
Hidden Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hidden Falls trail map
With my mom!
Hidden Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hidden Falls trail map
Hidden Falls is so pretty! Spring, Summer, & Fall are the best times to go, with the waterfall flowing heavier earlier in the year (May/June).
Hidden Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hidden Falls trail map
You can see the parking lot in the middle of the "S" curve, then the trail starts on the north side of the road.


6 comments:

  1. Sometimes these nice short hikes are what our bodies need:) Love any kind of waterfall!

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    1. Me too! The SLC area has about 4-5 cool waterfalls. -Alicia

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  2. This is just up the street! Thanks!!! I think I already commented to you once before, but your site has been an AMAZING resource for our family...for hiking around our new home here in SLC and also for our camping adventures around the state!!! We went to The Wedge because of your site, and it was the most amazing and beautiful place I have ever been! We are going back next week for 4 days!! <3 Thank you so much for all the work you put in here!

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    1. Awesome, that makes me so happy to hear! -Alicia

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  3. im planning a trip there next weekend with two toddlers. Any tips for this quick hike for a scenery? Dress attire? thanks!

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    1. Just wear shoes you don't mind getting a little wet. Have fun! -Alicia

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