Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
535.00 ft (163.07 m)
Trail type
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir is a beautiful small body of water, accessible via a short but steep hike. It can be reached from two different trailheads, The Granite Trailhead off Little Cottonwood Road or the Boulders Trailhead off Wasatch Boulevard (as described below). Note that parking is limited here.

Once parked, find the trail that leads up and past a few homes. Please stay on the trail here as the surrounding land is private property.

The trail quickly turns rocky and steep as it ascends up toward the reservoir. There are several switchbacks as you near the top. Finally you’ll reach the reservoir and be treated with fantastic views of the picturesque body of water and mountain peaks in the background.

To continue the hike around the reservoir take a left and follow the wide, gravel road path. Keep an eye out for a footpath taking off to the right, once you spot this path take it! The trail then leads around the backside of the lake, and crosses a stream via footbridge.

The path eventually loops around the reservoir and will come back to where you started. Those who wish to explore further can continue up the canyon to a waterfall and the Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir.

Otherwise, once you’ve completed the loop around the reservoir, begin descending the initial trail you took back to the parking area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Beautiful reservoir and mountain views.


Initial trail is steep and rocky.

Trailhead Elevation

5,142.00 ft (1,567.28 m)

Highest point

5,655.00 ft (1,723.64 m)


Near lake or river
Family friendly
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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