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Boulder Trailhead to Bell Canyon

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Bell Canyon from the Boulders Trailhead is one of the main routes to the Bell Canyon Lower Reservoir and Waterfall. It is a bit steeper and shorter than the Granite Trailhead.


The Boulders Trailhead is a parking lot on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard at 10122 South. Reputable sites and references are split whether the official name is Bell Canyon or Bells Canyon.

There are quite a few stairs at the beginning as it winds it’s way between private property. Because it’s fairly steep you gain elevation quickly and can see a nice view early on.

Soon you come to a bridge. Bell Canyon is part of the watershed that includes Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, so no pets on the trail or swimming in the lake.

As you get higher, the views behind are more impressive.

There are some large boulders at the end, which is why the Boulders trail got its name.

You don’t have to climb the boulders. There is a path to the right side.

Soon you see beautiful Bell Canyon Lower Reservoir!

If you walk to the left you get a different view.

Bell Canyon can be hiked in every season!

To extend your hike a few minutes add the Bell Canyon Overlook and to add a few miles head up to the lower waterfall.

Stats to to Reservoir: 1.3 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 45 to 120 minutes
Elevation gain – 478 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks.
Bathrooms – At Granite Trailhead
Seasons to hike – March – October (year round to reservoir with micro-spikes)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – No

Other nearby spots include Little Cottonwood Canyon, Rocky Mouth Falls, Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge, Dimple Dell Park Loop, and the Temple Quarry Nature Trail.

Other nearby spots include Little Cottonwood CanyonRocky Mouth FallsBear Canyon Suspension BridgeDimple Dell Park Loop, and the Temple Quarry Nature Trail.


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