Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon has been a long time favorite of my childhood. I remember going up as a youth with friends on this simple hike which allowed us to play in the water and get some exercise. The falls have changed dramatically due to a rock fall making the donut part of the falls not really there anymore.
The hike is perfect for all ages. We had a 1 year old in a pack, a 7 year old, and a 9 year old along with three adults. Because it is the perfect family hike parking in the summer can be very difficult to say the least. We estimated 30-40 cars near the trail head and probably the same amount in the lower parking lot. If you don’t get there early in the day plan on a bit more walking and time finding a spot.
The trail is marked well and has bathrooms at the beginning of the trail. There is a gradual uphill then the hike flattens out. The hike to is in the sun most of the way so make sure to wear sunscreen if you get burned easily. You pass the river about half way and then follow it the rest of the way to the falls.
Get off at the 6200 South exit from I215 then head towards Big Cottonwood Canyon. Go up the canyon 9 miles to the Jordan Pines Area turn off (right side). You will pass through private property (about 1 mile) and then you will be at the trail head. This hike is very popular and the parking fills up early so you may have to park before the turn off and walk.
Time: 1 hour
R/T Miles: 1.56
Elevation Gain: 420 feet