Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Davis Creek Waterfall

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Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Davis Creek Waterfall is accessed via the Davis Creek Trail, and is a good hike for all levels of hikers. At only 1 mile (RT), this hike is somewhat steep the first section, but soon levels out with a view of the waterfall. There are several trails that branch off of the Davis Creek Trail, so if you have time I suggest doing all of it. However, if you are short on time but still want a great destination, the waterfalls is the perfect turnaround point.

My two favorite things about this trail are that dogs are allowed off leash, and of course, the waterfalls itself. The one part I didn't like, was there was zero breeze through the dense shrub. We started hiking at 4pm, and the afternoon sun combined with no wind made this trail feel like a sauna. I suggest starting early in the morning to beat the trapped in heat. Supposedly there are "Indian Bathtubs" along this trail at the waterfall, but because the water was raging from all the snow melting, we couldn't see them. I imagine that this trail is prettier in Fall.

From SLC head north on I-15, and take exit 322. Turn right on W 200 S, then right again on S 200 E. Turn left at the cemetery for Woodland Drive. Continue following Woodland as it turns into a rougher paved road, past the barricade. You will park at the reservoir on your right, in the large parking lot. The trail actually starts about 100 yards up the road from here, but there's only space for 2 cars at the TH. There are no restrooms. 

Distance: 1 mile
Elevation gain: 423 ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off lesh
Kid friendly? Yes
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Look for the reservoir on your right.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The very large parking lot for the trailhead.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 As you walk up the road, you'll pass the Triumph Trail on the left. The Davis Creek Trail is about 50 yards past that TH, on your left, and starts in a very shaded area.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Davis Creek Trail immediately gains elevation.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
After 10 minutes the trail will start to level out a little, and you will have a nice view of the hillside.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the bench on your right, you will be able to see Davis Creek Waterfall. Continue along the trail, and at the first trail split, you will see the sign pointing towards the "Indian Bathtubs".
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Beautiful flowers were everywhere along the trail.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Just after you turn left on the first trail split, you should see this rope to help the little hikers up this section.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Climbing down by the waterfall are more ropes to help hikers up.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Too much water to see the Indian Bathtubs!
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After checking out the waterfall, head back up the main trail, and you will come to another trail split. We decided to go left, but if you continue straight, it will make for a longer hike.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Crossing the only bridge.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 We hiked our way down the Triumph Trail with a view of Farmington, UT ahead of us.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Although it was hot and dry on this afternoon hike, we found even more flowers.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The Triumph Trail connects to the BST, and once you get here, turn left to reach your car, making a loop.
Davis Creek Waterfall, Davis Creek Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Pass by this gate, and you'll be back to the parking lot.
Davis Creek Trail map
 Davis Creek Waterfall trail map.
Davis Creek Trail map
A close up of where the waterfall is, and how we crossed over to the Triumph Trail.
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4 comments:

  1. Probably one of the best/easiest waterfalls to reach. If you haven't been to the 2nd falls you might try that sometime--after the bench head right at the split towards Pretty Valley, then after the steep switchbacks head left. This trail will take you past Christmas tree alley and then to Hellhole. There's a campground here. Keep following the trail up a hundred yards or so then you will see a trail off to the left which takes you down to the 2nd waterfall. There are actually two or three more falls after this one though the trail is very steep and not well-maintained. Happy trails.

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    1. It's so funny - I've gotten so many people told me the same thing "why didn't you go further?" LOL! My friend and I were short on time - we'll have to make another trip back to check out those other waterfalls :) Alicia

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  2. Short hikes are great too...just trying to pay it forward as your post on Bowman's Fork helped me prepare for tomorrow's hike. And your post on hiking poles reminded me that I need to find the some poles since my old set of Black Diamond poles broke. Actually they broke last week when I hiked from the same parking lot where you parked for Davis Creek--instead I headed north through the gate across the street up towards Steed Creek. Can't decide between the Black Diamond Z or the Black Diamond Pro shock.

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    1. Can't speak for the BD Pro Shock poles, but I have loved my BD Z poles - so light and easy to assemble. Have a great time in Bowman fork! -Alicia

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