I recently had the chance to introduce my father-in-law to the beauty and grandeur of Utah’s Bell Canyon Trail and its waterfalls in the Wasatch Range. This particular hike is easy to customize into any type of hike you want. You can make it a short stroll, a medium hike, and you can make it a multi-day hike as well. The upper reservoir is amazing when the colors start to change in the fall, and also when the spring flowers are in bloom. Bell Canyon is a great little treasure that is often overlooked or forgotten.
Bell Canyon is situated just south of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just over the ridge. The trail is accessed by two trailheads, one at the intersection of Wasatch Blvd and Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd and the second just off of Wasatch Blvd south of the first trailhead. The hike into the Lower Bell Canyon Falls is 2 miles. With a large set of switchbacks, gradual gain in elevation, some rocky sections, and a creek crossing, this trail is deemed as a moderate hike. On the way up to the falls, the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir plays out to be a great destination for a short nature hike, as it sits no more than a half a mile up the trail.
Our main objective on this particular hike was to enjoy our surroundings while doing a bit of rock hounding and photography. But most of all, it was a great way to “escape” and re-connect with nature and ourselves. A hike like this reminded us that we don’t need to plan massive trips to see fantastic scenery and experience great things. Just getting outside with others is what defines quality time.
So when you want to put things back into perspective or revision a paradigm, get outside to see, hear, and interact with nature…it always provides clarity.
For more information on the Bell Canyon Falls hike, click here.