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The Best Dog Friendly Waterfalls Hikes in Utah, Hike to Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls is a two tier waterfall located near Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon. The best time to hike here is in late spring, when the snow has melted from the trail and the waterfall is raging. This is a great hike for all levels of hikers since it’s not too long, not too steep, and mostly shaded. Because of this, the trail gets very crowded on weekends. Arrive early to beat the crowds. This 200 ft waterfall is surrounded by a large rock face, and if you look closely, in Spring you’ll see other small waterfalls near it.

Update

January 2019

The Stewart Falls Trail in on private property (owned by Sundance Development Corporation), but Sundance has graciously allowed access to it, to the community for hiking (as an “unspoken easement for the Forest Service). They are in the process of deciding if they want to conintue access in winter due to the liability involved concerning avalanche danger since so many hikers are not avy-aware.

From SLC head south on I-15 for roughly 30 miles (depending on where you start from). Take exit 272 in Orem, heading East. Drive for 3.7 miles on this road, then veer left for Provo Canyon. Next drive another 6.7 miles, drive through the tunnel, then turn left at the brown sign for Sundance. Go past Sundance for 5 miles, until you reach the fee booth for the Alpine Loop Road. Just after the fee booth, turn left into the large parking lot. From October to Memorial Day, the fee station is closed, but there is a self serve fee station in the parking lot. If you are there only to hike, there is only one fee option – the 3 day pass which costs $6. There are restrooms in the parking lot.

Here’s a driving map.


Distance: 4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 400 ft
Time: 1-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes

 The drive past Sundance resort. We were really hoping those dark clouds would keep away!

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 The very empty parking lot. When we got here it was only sprinkling.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 The trail starts right by the restrooms.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 Starting out you’ll be hiking under large aspen and spruce trees.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 The trail wasn’t that muddy for how much it rained earlier in the day.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 Bluebell Bellflower along the trail. Who would have thought that

Utah has such beautiful flowers like this?

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 My favorite section of the trail. When it rains I feel like I’m in the pacific northwest with the low clouds, misty air, and how green everything is.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 The first open meadow.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 Halfway point. the view opens up and you can see the peak to the right.

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 Tallie found herself a swimming hole…

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

 Arriving to Stewart Falls! Charlie loves taking selfies!

Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs

Continue walking down the trail to the base of the falls. Return to your car the same way you hiked in.

March 2018

Hiking to Stewart Falls

 We’ve had a very low, dry winter so the falls weren’t as frozen over as they normally are. Still very cool to see!

Hiking to Stewart Falls

 Base of the falls with Charlie (notice I wore the same coat LOL).

Hiking to Stewart Falls

December 2019

Hiking to Stewart Falls, American Fork Canyon, Sundance Ski Resort, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Ugly Christmas Sweater Hike

Hiking to Stewart Falls, American Fork Canyon, Sundance Ski Resort, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Dogs that Hike in Utah!” Group!

 

 

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