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Bells Canyon Lower Waterfall

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (42) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great run to a reservoir and a waterfall with stunning views and easy access.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

76%

Runnable

6,650' 2,027 m

High

5,248' 1,600 m

Low

1,430' 436 m

Up

1,430' 436 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Lake · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This run is very popular due to its proximity to the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, as well as its relatively short length with multiple water features. Traffic is high on weekends and most mornings. If you want solitude, better to pick a day that isn't so perfect weather-wise.

Description

Starting at the Granite Trailhead, you'll head up a relatively steep grade for about 0.3 miles (nothing too scary, but the difficulty may surprise if you're out of shape). After a few minutes of downhill, you'll head up to the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir. There are trails around the reservoir, but stay to the left if you want to hit the waterfall.

You'll follow a dirt road around the left of the reservoir for about 0.2 miles before turning left, back onto the Bells Canyon Trail (it's well-marked). Another half-mile and you'll be at a nice creek crossing with a wooden bridge and crystal clear mountain water. This is a great place to stop for a rest.

Continue on the trail into National Forest land for about a mile until you reach a trail junction at a large fir tree. It's not marked, but there is a well-worn trail that deviates to the left -- this is the side trail to the lower waterfall. Be careful here, as it's quite steep as you approach the falls, but it's definitely worth it. If you want to picnic, there's a great spot on some exposed rocks just below the falls.

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Chris Seiple

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  4.3 from 42 votes

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Photos

After turning off the dirt road, you'll be greeted with an awesome view.
Oct 15, 2015 near Granite, UT
Mountain View in August
Aug 23, 2018 near Granite, UT
Bells Canyon Lower Falls with mountain backdrop. Aug 31 2018
Sep 1, 2018 near Granite, UT
trail to waterfall
Aug 19, 2018 near Granite, UT
waterfall in august
Aug 19, 2018 near Granite, UT
Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir.
Oct 19, 2015 near Granite, UT

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Nov 30, 2020
Marcie Wallace
May 5, 2019
Monique Lander
Jan 2, 2019
juan silva
Amazing ! 4.8mi — 1h 20m
Aug 12, 2018
Hailee Reist
4.8mi
Nov 8, 2017
Garth Schulz
Great rocky technical trail running!! 5mi
Oct 20, 2017
Charles Hamilton
Garmin died right as i got to the top! Breathtaking at sunset with the sound of the waterfall right behind you, as you gaze over the city. Heaven.