The Lower Bells Canyon Waterfall is a spectacular waterfall and a must see during the spring, summer, and fall months. The trail head for the Lower Bells Canyon Waterfall is located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. From the trail head the first point of interest is the Bells Canyon Reservoir. This reservoir is a great place to take the entire family as the hike to the reservoir is only about a 20 minutes. It’s also a great place to rest, hydrate, and get ready for the hike to the falls.
From the reservoir you’re going to follow a service road to the Bells Canyon Trail Head sign. The lower portion of the trail makes its way through grassy flats with little elevation gain. Once you make your way across the foot bridge this is when the elevation gain to the falls kicks in.
The trail is rocky and requires a little maneuvering over and around the boulders. On our hike the trail was dry, but we have heard that early in the season during runoff the trail becomes a small stream. Once at the falls you cannot mistake the roar of the water plunging over the falls. The decent to the base is fairly steep so use caution. This location is beautiful and offers picturesque scenery of not only the falls but the Salt Lake Valley as well. In the early spring the wildflowers are in full bloom and the falls will be roaring with spring runoff making this time of year a great time to visit.
No matter what time of year you visit this beautiful location please use caution as there have be many people that have been injured and even killed while visiting the Lower Bells Canyon Waterfall.
The trail head is located ¼ mile from Wasatch Blvd. and the 9800 South Intersection.
From this trail head the hike to the lower falls is approx 4.6 miles round trip.
Elevation gain is approx 1,310 ft
Hiking time is 4 to 5 hours
I consider this trail moderate to strenuous at times.
See you on the trail!