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Monday Evening Easy Hiking - Bell Canyon to first water fall (Salt Lake)

  • Jul 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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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.

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

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.

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  • Elaine R.

    Great hike but I wouldn't call it easy! Great scenery!

    July 24, 2013

  • Teresa

    I had so much fun on this hike! What a great group!!! Thank you! :)

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Bryant S.

      Thanks for joining the group!

      July 23, 2013

  • Ashlea N.

    I'm bummed that I missed this one. Had other, last minute, plans. Next time I will be there!

    July 23, 2013

    • Bryant S.

      You are always welcome! And we will do this hike again as soon as there is snow!

      July 23, 2013

  • Lesly A.

    Had a great time on my first hike with this group. It was challenging for sure but so worth it! Happy to meet all of you!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Chad

    This hike was a winner in my book.

    FYI I'm selling a M.U.L.E. Camelback, never been used. It's black/grey. $50 (normally $100+)

    Here's a link to one that is similiar
    http://www.casporttouring.com/thestore/prods/13602.html

    July 23, 2013

  • Christopher

    Very beautiful falls. Met some really cool people and had some amazing views. Exactly what I needed after a rough weekend, and the after party was fun as always.

    3 · July 23, 2013

  • Heidi

    So Awesom!! I am new to the group! Everyone was so nice and helpful! Great group! Thank you for organizing this!!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Catharine

    I wouldn't say that the Bell Canyon hike was easy... Had a great time and of course there was spectacular scenery. Thank you everyone!

    July 23, 2013

    • Bryant S.

      Easy is tough to gauge as it varies from person to person. I think that Bells Canyon to the steep part right before the first waterfall is in the neighborhood of easy. The upper waterfall is moderate and the upper reservoir is hard. I do appreciate your feedback and there has and there will be more discussion about removing the word easy from the Monday night hikes as the group seems to like more challenge. I'm glad you had a great time and hope to see you again on our hikes!

      3 · July 23, 2013

  • Lynnette

    Work schedule changed. Probably won't be able to make many hikes.
    :-(

    July 22, 2013

  • Marco R.

    Sorry I missed it. I had completely forgotten that I had scheduled a call with my coach tonight. Next time!

    July 22, 2013

  • (Alex)andra

    Fantastic hike! Thanks a lot to the people I carpooled with!

    July 22, 2013

  • Jesse V.

    Holy traffic on I-15N, Batman!

    July 22, 2013

  • Bryant S.

    I am @ the park and ride[masked]

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • LeAnn P.

    broke my toe. :(

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Wayne G.

      You have to come to the Canyon inn to pick it up.

      July 22, 2013

    • Mark T.

      And have a beer! That will temporarily Numb the pain

      July 22, 2013

  • Rob D.

    Too many things happening tonight. Gloria and I will probably not make it. Hope you all have fun ;-)

    July 22, 2013

    • Rhonda H.

      <where's the unlike button?> will miss u. see u next time

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • Eden

    New to the group and excited for the hike and to meet everyone.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just became a member and will hopefully make it... if not next time :)

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Lesly A.

    Looking forward to my first hike with the group and meeting some new people.

    July 21, 2013

  • Barbara

    Darn, can't make this one!

    July 19, 2013

    • Bryant S.

      No worries, we can do it again sometime!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    July 17, 2013

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