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Upper Falls, Utah

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The park directly in front of the falls of the same name.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Steep cliffs hang over the valley.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Picnic tables at Upper Falls Park.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The pathway you walk up from Bridal Veil Falls is called the Provo River Parkway.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • This is the unmarked trailhead, so keep an eye out for it.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The bottom half of the steep section.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The steep climb opens up to great views.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Looking north, back down the canyon.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The first sight of the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • People rarely reach the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Approaching the base of the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The falls is dappled with sunlight.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Upper Falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • There is a large area to hang out below the falls, but much of it is pretty steep.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Some wildflowers grow near the lip of the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • Upper Falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • A view of the wide, rocky base of the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The stream trickles through the rocks below the falls.- Upper Falls, Utah
  • The Provo River.- Upper Falls, Utah
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Barely anyone around. Beautiful waterfall. Nice setting.
Cons: 
Very steep at last stretch. Road noise.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
518.00 ft (157.89 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,186.00 ft (1,580.69 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Upper Falls can be seen from the major highway cutting through Provo Canyon, so it's a little surprising that it rarely sees visitors. Situated to the west and a bit higher than Bridal Veil Falls, it is much less frequently visited, but that is what makes it great. While throngs of people swarm the much taller and more popular lower falls, the upper set remains free to explore on your own terms. The steep incline and the unusual, overgrown trailhead discourage more frequent visitors. The two tiered waterfall is big, beautiful and sits in the slate layered cliffs across from Mount Timpanogos. The Provo River runs below, and the far southern end of Timpanogos sits across the canyon.

Getting here is a little tricky. The official way is to park at Bridal Veil Falls and walk up the paved Provo River Parkway to the unmarked Upper Falls Trailhead. Though the Upper Falls Park appears to have access via a bridge over the Provo River, it is clearly marked with a "No Trespassing" sign.

The hike is very steep once you get on the dirt trail and off of the paved path. A large concrete structure with graffiti on it lacks names or signs, but it serves as the best landmark. It is directly across from the bridge over the Provo River. The ground is covered with slate, so there are areas that can give way or be slippery from the falls. There is a bathroom at Upper Falls Park.

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