We hiked on 3 days during our Salt Lake City holiday adventure. Our first family hike was in very scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon above the city to Donut Falls. This highway, beautiful Highway 190, goes on to several ski resorts. This hike began with a great breakfast at the Silver Fork Lodge thanks to our neighbors who recommended it as a place to eat. This occurred on Thanksgiving morning and provided needed fuel for the hike, which was long but not difficult. We had been warned by those who had done it before in winter that we might get wet towards the end.
After a full breakfast enjoyed by all, we headed up to the falls. This hike is very easy and very popular year round. It’s about a six mile hike up to the falls and back to the Jordan Pines Picnic Area where the portable toilets were much appreciated. There was snow on the ground the whole way but the sun was out. There was slight elevation gain, but the entire trail was not especially hard and good for all ages. There were lots of people on it, and we could hear the waterfall long before seeing it. It was definitely worth the time and effort. There were seasonal houses at the bottom and a wide public road, but the trail narrowed as we climbed.
We had woods, meadow, and canyon views the entire time, and the falls that plunge through rocks into a hole were very much worth seeing. The warning that the trail might involve getting wet was not correct, but that would not have stopped us anyway. The trail was only hard to negotiate in a couple of places so we managed fine. My favorite spot was a wooden bridge just before the final assault on the trail to the falls.
After this hike we attempted another right away. It involved a trail nearby around Silver Lake, but this trail was closed that day. We were still able to park, and my granddaughter Sarah found a branch that had frozen overnight and contained several ice cups, a unique winter sculpture. Since we could not hike here, we went instead to Saltair and walked out to the edge of the Great Salt Lake. The children enjoyed this a lot.