|Donut Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah|
Donut Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon in 360 Degrees
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Donut Falls is a waterfall where a river drops into a hole in the top of a cave. In the summer time this hike can get quite crowded, so try it this winter when the ice is fabulous and the snow makes this area a winter wonderland.
360 Trail Above in Donut Falls Cave in WinterAs we got in our car after this super cool hike, I was in a great mood. I saw something really amazing, enjoyed blues skies and sunshine, had a great adventure, met some cool people, and my mood was definitely elevated. The book the Nature Fix, has studies after studies all around the world finding scientific ways to record the positive effects hiking and getting out in nature can do for you. As we drove down the canyon, we hit a wall of brown grey cloud. Not sure how much was clouds and how much was an inversion, but my friend and I both were shocked and how it affected our high and definitely was trying to bring our good mood down. Each and every day Satan wants us to be stuck in places where we are surrounded by grey clouds and feelings. Find ways to get to places you feel positive feelings. Push yourself to find the happy blue skies. The Lord wants you to have joy and happiness in this life. You just need to be creative enough to find ways to break out and experience joy.
(The Nature Fix Book is the left one.)
Donut falls is about 2/3 the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and if you download the Google map and put directions in, it should take you right to the parking lot of the North Fork Road (which is closed for the winter). The trail is 1.5 miles in and out in the summer, but in the winter you have to add another 0.8 miles up and back to get to the trail, which gives it a total of 4.6 miles. As we hiked up, we met a man and he said "just follow the signs, it is very well marked". So I got lazy and stopped checking my Gaia Trail app, so we took the LONGER trail to Donut falls marked below in red. The turn off we should have taken for Donut falls is easy to see. It is just the restroom on the left side of the trail about 0.8 miles from the road, but there is no sign that says Donut Falls. We added the bottom left V shape onto the hike and got the bonus of more awesome scenery!
|Gaia App Trail to Doughnut Falls with our extra North Fork Trail addition.|
Video Below is from Inside the Cave Watching Waterfall Come Down through Round Hole in the Top of the Cave.
|Hole the Waterfall comes through at Donut Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah|
SLEDDING NORTH FORK ROAD or by DONUT FALLS TRAIL.
We went between 8-9 on a Saturday morning and we noticed that many of the people had sleds. I have broken my tailbone sledding too many times to even think about sledding, but I definitely felt like there was lots of people here that knew some secret I was not aware of. Doing some searching, there are just lots of fun places here to sled. Here is a fun video of Sledding around North Fork Road, or by Donut Falls.
As we headed up North Fork Road Road or FR019 there was lots of cross country skiers and people snowmobiling heading up the road for their adventures. I knew this would be a popular trail, but I had no ideas that there was so much variety of activities going on here. When we realized that we were close to Donut falls, but it was on across the gully of the canyon, we headed back and and caught the V shape trail to connect us to Donut trail. (See Gaia map above.) As we connected with official Donut Trail route, there was more and more people with their snow shoes. We wore spikes, and personally I think I would feel safer on this trail with Crampons/spikes more than snow shoes, but anything that can grip into slippery snowy areas and keep you from slipping is a good thing.
VIEWS ALONG TRAIL TO DONUT FALLS
|Views along Trail up to Donut Falls|
Another link with info about the hike.
|Trail Up to Donut Falls Big Cottonwood Canyon in Winter|
As you drop into the canyon, the temperature drops, so make sure you have warm clothes to keep the chill away.
|Frozen River in the bottom of Canyon before Donut Falls|
|Panorama of Last Part of Trail to Donut Falls|
We were glad we hit the trail between 8-9, for coming down, there was a long line of people making their way up to Donut Falls. The morning might have been a little cold, but better a little cold than too crowded!
|Donut Falls in the Winter|
Below is the Cave Entrance into Donut Falls
Beautiful Ice inside Donut Falls Cave
If you want to see more of this area, there is lots more 360 trails to enjoy, just click on the link, then the little dude in the bottom corner, then any blue line or dot where you want to see more.
Google Earth Doughnut Falls
If you are exploring Big Cottonwood Canyon, here are some other hikes close by Donut Falls you would also like.
Hidden Falls and Mill B Cottonwood River Trail
in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Lake Mary, Martha and Catherine and Twin Lakes
in Big Cottonwood Canyon
(You can only hike this area if you have snow shoes.)