Adam’s Canyon is a beautiful hike very close to the city in Davis County. The Lower Adam’s Canyon Waterfall is a fairly short hike with a beautiful reward! The Upper Adam’s Canyon Waterfall is an impressive waterfall and two-thirds of the hike is shady. Here are views of Lower and Upper Adam’s Canyon Waterfalls!
Adam’s Canyon Trailhead
This trailhead is just off Highway 89 in Layton, Utah. The trail begins just south of the parking lot, to the left of the fence that goes around a retention pond. The path here is very sandy and has a number of about ten switchbacks, so you gain altitude quickly.
Directions to Lower Falls
When you reach the top of the hill the trail splits. Just after it is a bench, so if you see the bench, head on the trail to the right to the Adam’s Canyon Lower Falls.
This trail to the lower falls is narrower and heads downhill around the corner.
The trail hugs the mountainside and then heads down to the falls.
The falls are visible when you get close. To actually get to them, you have to scramble down, but most people can do it. The first is looking down at the falls and the second photo is from near the falls, looking up at the trail.
The falls are around 20 feet high. Even on Halloween they were flowing well, but are even stronger in the summer.
Adam’s Canyon Lower Falls are pretty in the winter too!
When you are done, scramble back up to the trail. As you walk around, you get some nice views.
Hike back up to the bench to rest or take in the city views. Here are the city views from here.
The Layton Temple is only about 1.6 miles the trailhead, so you can see it well from the trail. You can also see how dried up the Great Salt Lake is right now due to drought.
Directions to Upper Falls
To head to the upper falls, continue up along the original trail and it temporarily joins the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Mountain Bikers frequent this section of the trail, so keep and eye out and share the trail.
The part of the trail that intersects with the Bonneville Shoreline trail is short, less than 0.2 miles. After that bikes will no longer be on the trail. The trail turns a corner into the canyon. The path is nice and shady and just to the left of the river.
This trail is gorgeous in the fall.
Winter is also pretty, but definitely bring micro-spikes. Even when there isn’t much snow in the valley, it will be snowy and icy higher up.
The trail eventually comes to a bridge where you cross and then the remainder of the hike is on the right side of the river. There are several beautiful smaller waterfalls.
The icy water is beautiful too!
Near the end the trail gets a bit steep.
There is a rope to help, but remember the micro-spikes in winter.
It would be challenging with children, but it is a popular hike and kids can definitely do it. At the very end you can hear the water, but you can’t see it. You come up along the bottom right of this photo, so you have to come fully around the corner.
You will have to walk across the stream on the rocks to get a better view. I’m actually standing pretty far from the falls. They are 40 feet high, but look shorter since I’m not next to them.
It was unseasonably warm when these were taken in January 2024.
It’s such a beautiful waterfall!
Other nearby hikes to check out is Farmington Creek Waterfall and Car Graveyard, Waterfall Canyon, Parrish Creek Pictographs. Nearby Farmington Bay and Antelope Island are great for watching wildlife.
Stats for going to both waterfalls:
Distance – 4.6 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 3-4 hours
Elevation gain – 1430 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – None
Seasons to hike – Year Round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes
Map to Adam’s Canyon Trailhead