OCTOBER 2004 - 15 photos

On the 2nd day of October 2004, a few of us hiked up to Doughnut falls, (or Donut Falls), which is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon above Salt Lake City, Utah. The name "Doughnut Falls" is derived from the round shaped hole in the roof of the cave that a small stream tumbles through. Many people never see the cave or falls because of a steep climb up to the cave. There is a large rockslide in front of the cave and you have to climb up the right side to see anything. This is not a safe practice and one person has already died there. All you can see from below is the stream disapearing into the round shaped hole. Some have said that the slide destroyed the cave, but it is just hard to see it from below. It's still there. Myself, I think climbing up the rocks to see the cave and falls is worth the risk. But that's just me, it may not be true for everyone, especially those without climbing skills.

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Doughnut Falls

The falls and trail are now open to hikers again.

New status! It seems that Salt Lake City has purchased the private property around Doughnut Falls, (Donut Falls), and it is now open for hiking again, though few stopped hiking when it was posted. Most of the area around this hike is private property, so don't wander off the trail. Hiking above the falls is not allowed.

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The hike is 1.5 milles round trip, with an Elevation Gain of 360 ft, Highest Elevation about 7,800 ft. The trailhead is 9 miles along Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. As you travel into the canyon, just before the Spruces Campground, at Jordan Pines Picnic area, there is a paved road then dirt that goes south (or right as you travel up the canyon) from the main road. This spur road ends at a parking lot. This road also serves several private property lots. (Please respect their private property, and stay on the road or designated trails).

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There are other hikes to Doughnut Falls below
Doughnut Falls, 2002
 Doughnut Falls, 2002

Doughnut Falls, 2008
 Doughnut Falls, 2008

The photos shown here were taken with a Canon EOS 300D, (Digital Rebel) a 6.3 Megapixel SLR Camera, with wide angle to 2x optical zoom. The original photos were taken at 3072x2048. These photos are now set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.

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