From SLC head north on I-15 and take exit 322 and continue straight for 0.6 miles. Turn right on State St., then turn left on Main Street. Continue north of another 0.6 miles to 600 North and turn right. Drive 0.1 mile and turn left on 100 East. Continue on 100 E - at the first split in the road bear right. Drive 1.6 miles along Farmington Canyon Road. This road is narrow, so drive slow and watch out for runners, bikers, and ATVs also using this road. Right where the pavement ends is a pullout on the right side of the road. This is the trailhead parking. The trail starts to the NW of the parking lot. There are no restrooms and no fees to use this trail.
Driving up the Farmington Canyon Road.
The trailhead has no signs, but starts in the NW corner of the dirt parking area.
The trail immediately starts to gain elevation, but is very moderate. Most of the hike you will have a view of the creek below.
Beautiful mini flowers along the trail.
Star shaped flowers were everywhere!
1st stream crossing. Mutt Butts in the stream!
The trail is about half well shaded and very green in Spring.
2nd stream crossing. Thankfully the water was low enough we could rock hop to the other side.
Pass the first old car about 3/4 of the way up the trail, which will be on your right.
A few feet along the trail you'll pass the 2nd car, this time on your left.
Cross the 3rd stream. If you go left, you'll see a 3rd old car in the middle of the stream, however the trail goes right.
We first went left to check out the last old car we found. Charlie inspects the car for us.
After the 3rd stream crossing, continue following the trail to the right, and hike under or around this old tree.
About 5 minutes past the 3rd stream you'll see the cutoff to get down to the base of the waterfall on your right. Only hike down this if you are a very experienced hiker, and/or are ok with a steep drop off. I wouldn't recommend hiking down this during rain or winter. It rained the day before and this drop off was still pretty slick and muddy.
Hiking down we went really slow so as to not slip on the wet rocks and mud.
At the base of Farmington Canyon Waterfall. Because the waterfall was running really high, there was mist in the air and we got cold fairly quickly.
Charlie turned around to make sure I was hiking back up behind him. He's a very considerate furry child! You can see that there is a rope to help hikers up and down the drop off.
Working my way back up the steep drop off.
Continuing along the trail, we got to the top of the falls.
After the waterfall, the trail gets very steep the last 0.3 miles to the campground. The trail seems less traveled beyond the falls, but there it's still easy to follow, and there's even a sweet backpacking campsite on the right along the trail.
Trail map looking East. the dirt road above the trail is the Farmington Canyon Road.