Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hidden Falls - Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Hidden Falls - Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
We'd read about a waterfall in the Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains not far outside of Salt Lake City that's pretty easy to get to. It sounded like a fun adventure so we loaded up the car and headed out to find Hidden Falls.

The directions we had were to take Highway 190 east, travelling exactly 4.4 miles from the Wasatch Boulevard intersection. We were to find a parking lot in the middle of an "S" turn in the highway. And that's exactly what we found. Since it was Father's Day weekend, it was very crowded and the parking lot was full. However, we did find some parking on the shoulder near the trail.

There are several different trails in this area, and the trail to Hidden Falls isn't marked. The trailhead is on the north side of the "S" turn and you have to cross the highway. This is also where the Mill B North Fork Trail begins. Once across the street there are steps to the right, which is the Mill B trail. The Hidden Falls Trail is to the left, along the creek.

You can actually follow the creek on either side. One trail is more defined and crosses the creek twice. The other trail is a little smaller but doesn't cross the creek. We went up on one trail and came back on the other. It doesn't really matter which route you take.

Just before the waterfall is an old mine shaft. The entrance is gated, but there is enough of a gap that you could enter. I certainly wouldn't recommend going inside. Mine shafts can be very dangerous. But it was obvious that some people do enter.

Hidden Falls is definitely hidden. You don't see it until you are almost to it, and even then a rock blocks some of the view. To really see it you have to get into the shallow creek. It's worth the small effort to see it.

The hike to Hidden Falls is only about a quarter mile. I wouldn't call it an easy hike (it has spots that are closer to moderate), but we made it just fine with our three young kids, including our two-year-old. Also, your feet will get wet, so plan for that (we didn't plan for that).

It's always great to get out and experience nature. I love the fresh air and the shade of trees. The kids loved splashing in the water. And the scenery was beautiful. Hidden Falls is a place we won't soon forget. 
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