Monday, April 18, 2016

Heugh's Canyon Waterfall

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Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah
 Heugh's Canyon Waterfall is a "local's secret" - you won't find very much info on these waterfalls. This canyon is situated between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Mt. Olympus, making this a dog friendly hike. The trail starts from the elite Cove Canyon neighborhood on the East side on Wasatch Blvd. 

I can't believe I have lived in Utah for almost three years, and I just heard about it last week! It's my new favorite after work hike. It's very forested (not what you think of if you've hiked Mt. Olympus), it follows Heugh's Creek, in Spring several flowers are blooming, you won't see many people (I passed two people), and it leads to a gorgeous waterfall. At only a few minutes from SLC, this canyon makes you feel like you are in the Pacific Northwest, away from the city bustle. At only 2 miles round trip, kids and families visiting would even enjoy this hike. 

Head south on Wasatch Blvd from 4500 South. Turn left onto Canyon Cove Drive, then an immediate left turn onto Oak Canyon Drive. You should see two brown TH signs. At the 2nd brown TH sign is where you will want to park. The road leading up to the trail is private, and no parking is allowed. You will have to park on Oak Canyon Dr, and walk up the road, then awkwardly cut through a neighbor's driveway to get to the trail. 


Distance: 2 miles RT (from the TH, not parking area)
Elevation gain: 1,042 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/permits? None

Here's a driving map
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah
Driving map, plus where to walk up the road and where the actual trail starts.
 2nd TH sign. This is the area you will want to park, then walk up this road to the right.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Walk up the private road. Charlie knows we are about to hike - he's giving me that certain smile. Dogs need to be leased on the road, but are allowed off leash once on the trail.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cut across the neighbor's drive way to the dirt path. This is where the trail starts, but you won't see any official TH signs.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 As you walk up the trail in the first few minutes you will hear the rush of Heugh's Stream. The trail starts out in lower shrub coverage, and immediately starts to gain elevation.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 This is a great hike for dogs since they can drink out of the stream. Please be a responsible dog parent and bring doggie poop bags with you (and carry them out!).
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Several flowers were blooming. My best guess on this purple flower is an Annual Honesty.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 There were TONS of yellow Glacier Lilies
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Remnants of the old water pipe can still be seen. 
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail started to open up a little.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross the first stick bridge.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 About 3/4 of the way to Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, you will see this old structure. I can't tell how long it's been there, but it looks like it's been used not too long ago.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross the 2nd bridge. Right after this bridge, the trail gets even steeper.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Once you get to the boulder field, look to your right (where my arrow is pointing) and you can start to see the top of the falls. 
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Heugh's Canyon Waterfalls looks cool from a distance, but you can also get to the base of it. Simply cut down and across the boulder field, to the left of the falls. Be careful on which rocks you step on - they aren't always in a solid position. After a rain, they may be slippery too.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Once at the bottom of the boulder field, just follow along this rock wall. If you hike here after a big rainstorm (as I did), there's no place to step on that will keep you dry. Either bring water shoes or be ok with your hiking shoes getting wet. I fell in twice, but thankfully my Salomon Speedcross 3's dry pretty quick. I also recommend bringing a waterproof phone case. I dropped my iPhone while trying to take a selfie with Charlie. Thankfully I had my OtterBox on and nothing was damaged, but it did need time to dry out the auxiliary insert.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the base of the falls. It was raging!
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Selfie before dropping my iPhone in the stream!
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall trail map
 Map overview looking NorthEast.
Heugh's Canyon Waterfall trail map
A close up of the trail. You can see that the trail cuts over the boulder field, then over to the waterfalls.

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  2. OH no!!!!! I am so sorry your phone went swimming! Glad it survived!

    Thanks for all the great info can't wait to check this trail out!

    Katie @ www.KatieWanders.com

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    1. It did survive, but needed a day to dry out the auxiliary insert. All sounds worked except for music. It's good now, but now I know to bring my waterproof phone case next time! I am in love with this trail! - Alicia

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  3. I have never heard of this trail. Thank you for the info. I especially appreciate the pictures of the parking and trailhead - so helpful.

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    1. You're welcome! Glad this post helped you out :) Alicia

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  4. Sounds like a very neat trail. Maybe doing it a few days after the rain so it isn't too wet. But of course, you want to have lot water coming over the falls. Glad your phone survived:)

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  5. Sounds like a very neat trail. Maybe doing it a few days after the rain so it isn't too wet. But of course, you want to have lot water coming over the falls. Glad your phone survived:)

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    1. I'm sure it's pretty anytime! - Alicia

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  6. If you stay to the left and slightly up as you cross the boulders the trail goes on, passing a very nice little falls, essentuall above the one you described.

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    1. Good to know! Next time I will have to venture further than the waterfall. - Alicia

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  7. If you stay to the left and slightly up as you cross the boulders the trail goes on, passing a very nice little falls, essentuall above the one you described.

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  8. I just hike up Heughs Canyon for the first time yesterday 5/21/2016. The leaves are all out since you were there and it is really lush and green. I turned around at the first waterfall. Thanks for the post with the map.

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    1. Awesome, glad you enjoyed it! It's now one of my favorite hikes -Alicia

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this! We did it and we both loved every minute of it! (well, maybe not crossing the boulder field) but the rest! Definitely my new favorite spring hike! You have been giving me a lot of new places to go, so Thank you for that!

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    1. Awesome, I am so excited for you! And thank you - hope you enjoy all the other hikes I have on here - Alicia :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing this hike and all the directions info especially. I'll be checking it out Saturday!

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  11. Alicia-- just went, and it was awesome! Beautiful trail, great shade, beautiful waterfall. Already plan on going back in the middle of July when it's nice and toasty because the waterfall will be so fun to play in. ** FYI: *** The second sign marking the trailhead has been removed, but your Picture of the funky modern maroon and gray house helped us find the trailhead anyway. Thank you so much!

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    1. Ok, good to know about the sign! Glad you enjoyed it:) -Alicia

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  12. went up and explored the area. didnt find the waterfall. :( do you happen to have the GPS coordinates of the fall?

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    1. Uh-oh! Did you walk up the boulder field a little? If so, you should have seen it off to the right. I was up there again last week, and the water level has dropped a lot, compared to my photos here. I don't use a GPS, but from Google Earth, here's what I can give you: Latitude: 40°38'45.18"N Longitude: 111°46'45.74"W. Hope this helps! -Alicia

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    2. yes i walked up a bit. I didnt see the falls, but maybe that was because of the water level. I will go up there this weeks and use those coordinates and see what I can see. Thanks for the reply

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    3. Did this trail this weekend (July 23rd) just out curiosity. Definitely not best done in 100 degree heat, but it was tolerable all the way up due to intermittent shade. The stream runs on and off the whole way, so there's water for the dog. Also, the waterfall was still running, even at this time of year.

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