Overview: If you want to hike Donut Falls this summer, you should know that it is one of the most popular hikes up Big Cottonwood Canyon, so you need to get there before 9am if you want to find good parking and avoid the crowds!
You will probably see a couple, quick-thinking families, scarfing down a box of donuts at the trailhead before they begin their hike.
Zach brought his box of donuts all the way to the top to share. I think this is the first hike he got more attention than my big belly (this was our last hike before the baby arrived)! It was a nice change! Someone even asked to pose with his box!
I thought the hike was easy (just a little steep at the beginning but no switch backs). That being said… I wish someone had mentioned that to see the actual Donut Falls of the hike, you have to scramble up the stream (see photo above).
If you don’t think you can make it up that, no worries. The rest of the hike is still worth the trip otherwise it wouldn’t be so popular.
This hike also has a plethora of adorable chipmunks that aren’t shy of going right up to you. The kids loved it. Secretly, I loved it. I will pass on panhandling squirrels, but chipmunks are another story entirely.
And thats that! The whole hike from start to finish took us about an hour.
- If you are unlucky and can’t find parking in the upper lot area, then you have to park in the lower parking lot, which adds a big chunk of unshaded walking to your hike.
- Someone said that Donut Falls collapsed but it was fine last time I was there.
Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Location: Mill D Trailhead up Big Cottonwood Canyon (near Salt Lake City). There is small upper parking lot and a lower parking lot.
Trailhead Coordinates: (N) 40.629722, (W) -111.654722
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!