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Bells Canyon Trail Hike

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Heading out on a Sunday morning stroll.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Bell's Canyon is beautiful in the fall.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Looking north toward Salt Lake City after you reach the reservoir.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Waiting for the sun to peek from behind the cirque. - Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Lone Peak is to the far right, one of the taller peaks in the Wasatch at 11,253 feet.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • The lake is actually Lower Bell's Canyon Resrvoir, a watershed for Salt Lake County.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • The Bell Canyon cirque hides a pair of waterfalls that are worth checking out if you are looking for more of a challenge.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Morning sun popping out behind the cirque at 10,450 feet. - Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • A place of breathtaking beauty.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Autumn in the Wasatch, Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Doing some morning catch and release.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Sunrise on the Bell's Canyon Hike.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking on the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Looking southwest toward Sandy and Draper in the Salt Lake Valley. The Oquirrh Mountains are in the distance.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking on the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking on the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking on the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • As you can see, this hike is very close to Salt Lake City.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Valley view.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Views from the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking on the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • Parking lot entrance for the Bell's Canyon Trail.- Bells Canyon Trail Hike
  • - Bells Canyon Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to town. Short hike. Great autumn colors. Fishing.
Cons: 
Crowded. No dogs allowed. Occasional rattlesnakes.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
423.00 ft (128.93 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,236.00 ft (1,595.93 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Bell's Canyon Trail is a very popular Salt Lake City hike located right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Thanks to the low starting elevation and the lack of major elevation gain it has become a popular hike for all ages and abilities. Not only are there great views of the Lone Peak Wilderness and the Wasatch Mountains, you'll enjoy fantastic overloooks of Salt Lake City. After only three-quarters of a mile you'll reach the "lake," which is really the lower of two reservoirs that are located in this watershed. A walk around the reservoir is the best way to enjoy Bell's without adding too much time. 

Some of the highlights of this hike include the beautiful cirque above the lake, the wildlife that is commonly seen here, and the beautiful colors that come alive in autumn. Around the southern end of the loop there are large granite boulders sitting below wide views of the Wasatch Mountains and the city below, a perfect place to stop and have a snack.

A set of large waterfalls lie further up the canyon on a trail that forks off of the northeast end of the loop. A small sign indicates where you make the change, and the first waterfall is about 2.5 miles from the parking lot, but the route is much steeper than the Bell's Canyon Trail Hike featured here. Many people bring their fishing rods, but remember this is catch-and-release only area. Because the Bell's Canyon drainage is a Salt Lake City water source, there is no swimming, and there are no dogs allowed.

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