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Farmington Creek Waterfall and Car Graveyard in Winter

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Frozen waterfalls and crashed cars are such a fun combination in Farmington Canyon! Farmington Creek Waterfall and Car Graveyard is beautiful all year round, but there is something special about it in winter. You will definitely want micro-spikes for this trail.

Directions

Farmington Canyon is east of Lagoon Amusement Park. The winter gate of Farmington Canyon adds 0.8 miles each direction from the summer hike. This first picture is looking down at the parking lot next to the gate.

There hasn’t been much snow this year, but there was snow starting soon along the road. When you get to the little parking lot look for the sign that says Farmington Creek Trail.

The trail heads up the canyon. There were a few leaves left on the trees with snow around. The cave near the beginning still had some graffiti. Please leave no trace when you hike.

Be sure to look behind you as you hike. Today there was some smog, but it’s still a pretty view.

The views up the canyon are also pretty!

Eventually you will need to cross the stream. We weren’t sure if the ice was thick enough to walk on, but it was.

The waterfall next to this crossing is worth noticing.

Beginning here you can start to see crashed cars. Look throughout the rest of the trail nearly to the waterfall. It’s easier to find them in winter than it is when the foliage is filled in.

Continue along the trail. There aren’t turn offs, except the Old Aqueduct Trail that heads off to the right and then back down the canyon. Don’t take it and stay on the trail.

You will need to to make another water crossing. This one wasn’t frozen through so we had to step across the rocks.

Just around the corner from the second water crossing there is a big pine with trail going both directions. Originally the trail headed to the left and then you had to descend down a rope to the falls. Now there is the new trail to the right.

Take the right path and you will soon see the waterfall.

This trail gets you nearly to the base. You can still grab on to the rope for stability.

You can’t stand very close to the waterfall so you stay out of the creek. It is still impressive!

What a gorgeous destination!

Afterwards we took the extra two minutes to the old path just to look. The new trail is so much better!

Here is one more of Farmington Creek Waterfall frozen!

Stats: 

Distance – 4.9 miles roundtrip (in summer and fall it’s only 3.3 miles)
Approximate hiking time – 2-3 hours (in summer and fall only 1-2 hours)
Elevation gain – 1306 feet (889 feet in summer)
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt
Bathrooms – No
Seasons to hike – Year round with microspikes
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

For more details on this trail check out this post.

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