Davis Creek Waterfall

Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
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.

If you have time for a longer hike, I suggest going all the way to the 2nd Falls, another one mile past the first falls.

If driving from SLC, use this map. 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 as of April 2020 only residents were able to drive beyond the reservoir. There are no restrooms. 

Distance: 1 mile to 1st Falls, 2 miles RT to 2nd Falls
Elevation gain: 423 ft to 1st Falls, 1200 ft to 2nd Falls
Time: 1 hour to 1st Falls, 2 hours to 2nd Falls
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, but only to 1st falls

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 unsigned trail split, veer left. It is just before an official trail split with signs.
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. As of April 2020, the rope was no longer  there.
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!
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
 April 2020 - way less water this time but I still didn't see the "bathtubs". Maybe I'm just looking too hard, but at least the view of the falls is awesome here!
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
Whew, that's a drop! Keep your kids safe here.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
 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 but will also take you to the 2nd Falls. To get there, follow all signs for Hell Hole Camp. More directions to the 2nd Falls below.
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.

Directions to 2nd Falls
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
This is the trail sign right by the 1st waterfall. Go straight following signs for Hell Hole. The sign says 0.73 miles, but I tracked 1 mile exactly.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
The trails is very steep - this was the one flat section.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
Keep right for the falls. I took this trail left to get back, but I wouldn't recommend it. Just as the red text says, it is very steep, narrow, and on a ledge. I had to sit on my butt to slide down in two sections.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
When you reach Hell Hole Camp, you will see a sign off to the right to continue on Davis Creek Trail. However, to get to the 2nd falls, follow the unsigned path in a NE direction from camp for another 100 yards.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
 You will now be at the creek again, follow the light path along the right side (you can barely see it here). You will have to climb around one rock, but I was able to do it myself. Kids will need help.
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
 Then the 2nd Falls will be right around the corner! Wow, so cool!
Hiking to the Davis Creek Waterfall, Utah, dogs that hike in utah
Loved this section of the hike - it was super steep to get here but I didn't see another person and the falls were worth the effort!

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 Davis Creek Waterfall - trail map of the area. The main loop most people do and the one that is perfect for kids is the red line. Orange is very steep, but leads to the 2nd waterfall. The blue line is very steep, narrow, and along the cliff. I would not recommend this trail to anyone.




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