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Hidden Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Hidden Falls

Our boys love waterfalls. So we are always searching for easy waterfall hikes. This hike to Hidden Falls couldn’t be any simpler. It’s hard to call it a hike, but the view is well worth the 2 minute walk and provides the perfect place to play.

 

To find Hidden Falls, drive 4.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon (UT-190). There is a small lot in the middle of the big “S-turn” where you can park. This lot is just past a larger lot for the Mill B South Interpretive Trail. Once you park you will see a sign with some stairs to the right. Follow those stairs up to the road and walk across the highway.

The sign and stairs in the parking lot.

The sign and stairs in the parking lot.

The trail--there are a few boulders to scramble over.

The trail–there are a few boulders to scramble over.

Once across the highway, stay to the left. There are some stairs to the right for another trail, but don’t head that way. You will already hear the waterfall. In order to get close to the falls, you will need to walk on some rocks, but it is fairly easy–both our boys (6 and 3) were able to do it on their own. In fact, they were climbing all over the place and so was their dad.

Dad showing off his climbing ability.

Dad showing off his climbing ability.

Our boys loved climbing on the rocks by Hidden Falls.

Our boys loved climbing on the rocks by Hidden Falls.

We passed some rock climbers which we heard is pretty common and there is also an old mine located nearby. It is gated, but you can peek in and listen to your echoing voice. We did this hike in the evening and in October. We will definitely be doing this hike, (walk) again– probably every time we drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The mine that is near Hidden Falls.

The mine that is near Hidden Falls.

Ahhh....Nothing like the spray on your face!

Ahhh….Nothing like the spray on your face!

If you hike Hidden Falls in the Spring, we had a little different experience. Normally when you cross the road, you will see the stairs on the right and you can easily walk across the small stream to the left and walk right up to Hidden Falls. In the Spring, this river is rushing!! I did not want to cross it with my three boys, so we headed to the right, but we didn’t take the stairs. We turned left just before the stairs and climbed over a few rocks until we had a better view of the falls. It was a beautiful waterfall and we had fun spending time by the river, but you won’t be able to walk right up to the waterfall like you can in later summer or Fall.

Hidden Falls

After you climb the stairs, head right up the hill a tiny bit, and then back down toward the river.

Hidden Falls

Follow the trail along the swift river. You could hike this way in the summer and fall, too.

Hidden Falls

You will be able to hear the waterfall the entire time, and see it almost all of the time too.

Hidden Falls

The waterfall was amazing in Spring!

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