Adams Falls Trail

So this weekend we went on our first “big” hike with our seven month old baby! We chose the Adams Waterfall trail, which is one of the most popular trails in Utah!

Overview: I love this hike because it has my three favorite things: a waterfall, lots of shade and moderately rugged terrain! I hate switchbacks and unfortunately, this hike has them right at the beginning! However, the switchbacks are totally worth it on the Adams Waterfall hike! (And I am saying that when we had to bring a baby up!)

This trail is pretty dang cool – I enjoyed getting to the waterfall as much as the waterfall itself! The trail is rugged, and somewhat steep in parts, but that’s what makes it so fun.

Round trip, this hike took us about two hours (including a break for lunch at the waterfall). We got there around 11am and there was still plenty of parking!


  • This hike is also dog friendly, so be aware of those “little surprises” along the trail.

Trail Details:

Length: 3.7 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Dog-Friendly: Yes.

Location: This trail is located near Layton, Utah. On Northbound I-89, take the first right after the stoplight at Oak Hills Drive and then immediately turn right onto N Eastside Drive. Cars will most likely be parked along the road. A little more than a quarter mile down the road, you will find the dirt parking area directly next to the trailhead.

Trailhead Coordinates: (N) 41.066442, (W) -111.909892


Please feel free to comment and ask questions. We would love to hear how your hike went or hear suggestions of hikes we may not have heard of before!


  1. SRD says

    helpful hint intended. You locational description is vague. I’ve never heard of Adams canyon so north on 89 doesn’t help me. A starting place or description like ” starting in Layton…” I had to do another search to find good directions. But your blog idea is great, the pictures peek your interest to go to these places. Keep it up. Thanks.

    • wADMIN says

      We appreciate the tip! I’ll make sure to update the description. Make sure to let us know what you think of the hike!

  2. miriam langford says

    Good choice in a hike. We are a bit partial to it because we have been living so close to it and done it often in the last 30 years. Our favorite time to hike it is just after a snowfall. Less people in that canyon and it is magical. Although we take poles and spikes on our shoes so that we don’t slip. You can continue up and get to Thurston that way although a different trail is preferred. When our kids were little we brought up a couple of little tents and stayed the night near the humungous rocks about half way up.

    • wADMIN says

      Zach here! I had Riley in the Boba for this hike – it is definitely not stroller accessible. Hiking was very pleasant once I got to the canyon and she had more shade. I had to go slowly on a steeper part near the end, but careful footing and moving methodically (three points of contact at all times) made it a lot easier! ranks it as a moderate hike, so it’s best to gauge your comfort-level and plan accordingly. Let me know if you end up doing it!

  3. Erin Oscarson says

    You should friend the Facebook Page Farmington Trails for great local advice on the tons of trails in the farmington area! :) We love it!


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