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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, the Spring Version, one of my favorite. It's an easy hike with beautiful scenery up and down the trail.


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Donut Falls -- Spring

Donut Falls is certainly beautiful in summer months, but the spring snow adds a rustic, rugged look. Melting snows and lingering ice can make the hike a bit slippery, but this past Saturday (May 17) there were many toddlers, children making it up to the falls -- with Mom & Dad's help of course.

Children seem to always love the trails, and I noticed several little tikes, mostly boys, enjoying stomping their feet through the mud. The ground was compact enough that it provided relatively firm footing although hiking shoes with a 'good grip' would be helpful.

Donut Falls in the Spring


Panoramic view of Donut Falls


Donut Falls

The trail is well marked and wanders along the stream that in spring is often swollen from runoffs. The elevation climb is gradual enough to make it an attractive outing for all members of the family, including 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...


The last 200 yards is slippery even in the summer, but particularly when the snow begins to melt. However, a number of hikers make it up all the way to the top although most of us seemed content not to try the final ice/snow covered little bit. (I don't recommend attempting the last stretch to the actual donut but if you do, proceed at your own risk!)

Donut Falls trail...


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