Monday, May 6, 2019

Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon

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The Grotto, located in Hornet Canyon in Farmington, Utah is the local's hidden spot for cooling off in hot temperatures for both humans and dogs. This well shaded trail leads to a small, but deep pool perfect for two people sitting in to cool off on hot summer days. Prefer standing under a shower of cold water? Then stand under the overhand where 30 ft water weep drips constantly, creating a fun "shower" of fresh mountain spring water. Don't forget your swimsuit for this trail - it's quite the refreshing experience!


Drive North on I-15 and take exit 322 and veer right for W 200 S, then turn right again on S 200 E. Turn left on Woodland Drive at the cemetery. Follow this up the hill through the neighborhood as it curves around and up a hill, which turns to dirt. Park at the small reservoir surrounded by a gate on your right. 

From SLC, use this driving map.

If coming from the North such as Ogden, use this map.

This trailhead is the same for Davis Creek Waterfall and Flag Rock.


Distance: 3 miles RT
Elevation gain: 430 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, but better for age 12+
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 From the parking lot at the reservoir, hike up past this gate hiking North.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 You'll pass by a farm on your left.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Pass around a 2nd gate.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You should now be hiking East and can easily see up Steed and Hornet Creek Canyons.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon
 In high water years or early Spring, you'll need to cross the stream. I highly recommend the Merrell Capra Rapid water hiking shoes. They keep rocks out and have good tread for hiking in and out of water.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 As soon as you cross the creek, about 20 feet, look for the Steed Creek TH sign on your right, up on the hill.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon
Some sections of the trail have a drop off to the right, but it's not bad at all. With little kids, you might want to hold hands.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail is pretty overgrown, but not so bad that you need to wear pants. 
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon
At the very first trail split keep right. Staying right is much easier, is in more shade and follows the creek. Left takes you up Hornet canyon and the trail is steep with loose rock.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 You should hike down some wooden stairs and cross this little plank board. 

Immediately turn left after this plank and follow the stream uphill.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon
Following the stream is perfect on a hot day.

Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 You'll pass by this camp fire ring on your left.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 On your right you'll pass "Moss Rock".
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 "When in three, leave them be!" Keep an eye out for poison ivy - this was right on the trail.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Turn right at the logs, following the trail, making a tiny switchback. 
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon
You will see one more trail branching off to the right - stay straight (north) following the stream below to your left.
 From the cars to here it should only take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Playing under the water weep/overhang.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cringing at how COLD the water was. On a really hot summer day this would be so perfect for the dogs and fun to stand under the falls.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Grotto waterfall.
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
This is such a fun little spot! Can't wait to come back in my swimsuit on a hot day!

May 2019
 We took another trip up to The Grotto to let Charlie cool off and play in the water.
 The water felt sooo good!
Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hornet Canyon Waterfall
This time we even hiked all the way up tot he Hornet Canyon Waterfall - to get there just follow all the signs. I've updated my map below to include how to get there. From The Grotto is another .70 miles and 800 ft elevation gain - super steep with loose rock, but worth it! Not great for kids, but really pretty. 

Trail Map


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11 comments:

John and Pam (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) said...

I do believe Charlie is staying nasty things about you in that photo where you two are cringing from the freezing water...haha!! Fun hike for a hot day, definitely:)

Anastasia said...

We tried this hike and the pictures and directions were very helpful! I would say that this hike is not kid friendly. We never made it to the grotto because there was a part much too steep and slippery for a 4 year old. I think this hike should say kid friendly for ages 12+.
My sister went on to the grotto and said it was absolutely beautiful.

Alicia Baker said...

Good to know, thank you! May I ask what part was slippery - the actual trail or the waterfalls/grotto area? Just trying to gauge what kids can do. -Alicia

Anastasia said...

Once we got onto the actual trail that was marked with that Steed trail sign it got increasingly more difficult for my daughter. There was a part after we crossed the plank where the trail was very narrow with a sheer drop off. I had to hold her hand and it was stressful for both of us. Later we ran into a couple hikers warning us that the soil was very loose. We passed the fire pit and the logs you set up to make the path easier to find (that was super cool of you to do that), we hit the steep loose soil part. And that's where my 4 year old had a meltdown because she kept slipping. That was where we had to turn around.
As adults and older kids it's a great hike! But I think the parts of the trail where tripping would result in falling off the trail and down a good ways would make it not child friendly. There were parts where I had no idea how I could get down to her if she fell off the path.
But thanks for all the pictures! I'm going to do the hike again with my sisters and friends!

Alicia Baker said...

Ahh ok, good to know! I'll update it to 12+ (great idea for that!). -Alicia

EmWJ said...

Thank you for your directions. They were perfect although we lost internet for a bit and were nervous when we couldn't pull up your blog. But we made the right decision from memory and then pulled it back up and made it great.

It was a bit tricky for our ten and seven year olds in a few step parts, but they did it and were super happy when I told them you suggested 12 and up. The grotto is gorgeous and we will be back.

Alicia Baker said...

Excellent! Glad you guys had fun! -Alicia

LPretty said...

How was the trail this time of year? Was there any snow or was it really muddy? Do you recommend spikes or is it perfectly fine to hike just in your normal boots?

Thanks for the awesome post!

Girl on a Hike said...

Definitely no snow or mud. I wore Chaco's again this weekend and it was quite warm. The water was refreshing! -Alicia

Unknown said...

I did this hike last weekend and it was incredible! With all the recent rain, the soil was loose and I was a little nervous going through the end section, but we made it. My pup had so much fun at the grotto - thanks for posting pictures and directions!

kai said...

Great directions, thank you. I'd just like to note that as one approaches the waterfalls the trail gets increasingly sketchy and sometimes unobvious to follow (i found this to be even trues on the way back). It's a good idea to bring hiking poles for the descent.

The waterfalls are amazing this time of year.