Monday Evening Easy Hiking - Bell Canyon to first water fall
These hikes are for people of all different hiking levels to get together and enjoy each other’s company. This week’s hike will be on the Bell’s Canyon Trail and our destination will be the first waterfall. Please bring a light or headlamp as the days are getting shorter and it may be getting dark by the time we get back.
This trail begins near the valley floor just south of Little Cottonwood Canyon and proceeds up a stair step sequence of recessional glacial moraines that were left behind by the Bells Canyon glacier. This is one of the only 2 locations in the west where glaciers reached the level of the ancient lakes and provides geologists a great opportunity to study past glacial advance and lake rise. At the first reservoir we will cross the Wasatch Fault. Further up the trail mountain goats are frequently seen clinging to the cliffs so you may want to consider bringing binoculars.
Bell Canyon Reservoir is located about 0.5 miles from the trailhead. It's a great place to take a break and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The first waterfall is the most impressive in the canyon and will be the destination of our Monday night hikes in Bells Canyon. It is 2.3 miles to this point and there is 1,310’ of elevation gain to this point. Past here the trail becomes considerably more strenuous.
Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir exists along the stream above the first waterfall. It is a great destination for those seeking a longer more strenuous hike. The distance to the upper reservoir is 3.75 miles and there is 4,100’ of elevation gain.
Directions to Meetup: We will meet at the park and ride located at 4323 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road in Sandy, UT 84092 and carpool to the trailhead. From Salt Lake City, go south on I-15. Take exit 295 and turn left onto 9000 S and head 7.2 miles west to the park and ride.
Directions to trailhead: From the park and ride go we will carpool to the trailhead located at 3470 E Little Cottonwood Road. There may be limited parking at the trailhead.
Dogs: Bell Canyon is part of the protected watershed and the water from this canyon provides drinking water to residents in Sandy and the Salt Lake Valley and No dogs are allowed on any part of the trails. Also, there is no swimming, camping, or campfires allowed in the Bell Canyon area.
Warning: Bells Canyon has seen numerous accidents and fatalities in the past. Please respect the awesome power of the water, especially during the spring and early summer when the snowpack is melting. Resist the urge to get close to the falls or the stream as even though they may appear calm in places, the water is ice cold and flowing fast. One slip may be all it takes to ruin your hike. Please keep children close and make sure they understand the dangers associated with these beautiful waterfalls.
Please be prepared for the hike, the below link is a good resource for beginners to review before hiking.
After the hike: There will be the option of heading down to the Canyon Inn to socialize by the fire. The Canyon Inn is a bar but there is great pizza and everyone is welcome!
The Canyon Inn is located at 3700 Fort Union Blvd. The easiest way to get there is to head west on Little Cottonwood Canyon Road from the parking lot, the road will turn into S Wasatch Blvd, in 3.9 miles left onto Fort Union Blvd and the Canyon Inn will immediately be on your left.