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Bells Canyon Trail

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4.8 Miles 7.8 Kilometers



4,141' 1,262 m


-9' -3 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (28°)

9,377' 2,858 m


5,245' 1,599 m



Minor Issues 41 days ago
Snowy, Icy - clear and packed until lower falls, snowshoes recommended after that History

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A trail leading to two reservoirs and a waterfall with stunning views. Easy access.

Chris Seiple

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall


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). After another half-mile, 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. Most people stop here, but if you're feeling adventurous, why not take the trail to its end?

Backtrack to the main trail and head up another 1.5-2 miles, through forest, meadows, and boulder fields, creekside, until you make it to Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir. It's part of the Salt Lake watershed, so you can't swim in it, but it offers great views of the surrounding peaks. Camp near the reservoir (at least 200 feet from the water), if you want to stay overnight before heading back down.


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As the trail is mapped, the 2nd crossing over the creek happens too soon (at ~ 3mi) in my opinion. There is a installed crossing but the trail after crossing creek (on the north side) is totally overgrown. You actually might even "miss" the trail as mapped around mile 3 and continue up the rock face that leads into the wooded area with an obvious dirt trail. My advice is to take the trail that looks most obvious and stay south of the creek until the creek itself bends southward itself, past 3.5 miles. There will be planks/logs to cross to get to the east side of the creek and from there you'll continue climbing on your way to the boulder field. Also the waterfall side trail has a sign that points to the left; super obvious. More so than where you'll want to continue along eastward if you're going to the upper reservoir. Jun 23, 2018

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