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Hike of the Week: Doughnut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Published June 12, 2009 11:00 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

This is a good hike when you're short on time in Big Cottonwood Canyon but would like to see a geological peculiarity. From the trailhead, stay on the worn path and follow the arrows to the stream. To see the donut hole, you will have to cross to the other side of the stream. Be ready to get your feet wet if you're crossing in the spring when the water gets ankle-deep.

From the canyon mouth, drive about 9 miles up the canyon and turn right into the Jordan Pines Picnic area. Take the right fork and follow the road .6 miles. You'll find the road ending at some outhouses. The hiking trail is not marked with a "Donut Falls" label, but take the path next to the restrooms and you're on your way.

Destination » Donut Falls

Hiking time » 30 minutes

Round trip miles » 1.5 miles

Elevation gain » 1,309 feet

Difficulty » Easy

Trail head restrooms » Yes

Dogs allowed » No

Bikes allowed » No