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James Spruell, Ph.D.

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Healthy living, community involvement, and an active lifestyle are important choices that we make on a daily and weekly basis

The Salt Lake City area has a number of fun places to shop, visit, and enjoy an evening out. Some of my favority include Litza's Pizza, City Creek, and of course, all the many incredible chocolate stores.

This week's hike features Donut Falls, one of my favorite. It's an easy hike with beautiful scenery up and down the trail.


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Donut Falls

Donut Falls is a family friendly trail that all age groups, including todlers, may want to investigate. The trail has a gentle slope -- at least up until the last 150 yards or so -- with beautiful scenery along the way.

Children love the many ground squirrels, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit the area. I've seen deer across the highway from the trail turn off, and mountain goats have been seen in the area.

Along the trail at Donut Falls


Donut Falls, just below the 'Donut'

Donut Falls

The trail wanders along a beautiful stream as it passes through woods and meadows. Scenic views of the mountains, forest, and wildlife dot the trail as it winds its way up a gentle slope. The trail is well marked, child friendly, and provides a variety of interest to old and young alike.


Trail access is almost exactly 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon with parking along Big Cottonwood Canyon road (Mills D Trailhead) and at the Donut Falls trailhead.

During the summer season parking can be limited, so you might want to consider parking at the Mills D Trailhead and walking up Mill D South Fork Road to the Donut Falls trailhead. (It's about 3/4 of a mile to the Donut Falls trailhead.)

The trail, depending upon where you park, is about 3.5 miles up and back. Restrooms are available...

Donut Falls trail...


It does take some work to get up to the upper level to view the actual donut. The last 200 yards is slippery, and most hikers seem content not to try to get to the actual donut. -- I don't recommend attempting the last stretch to the actual donut but if you do, proceed at your own risk!

A couple more pics:

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