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Bell Canyon Granite Trail Hike

All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Kyle Jenkins

Pros: Close to town. Short hike. Great autumn colors. Fishing.
Cons: Crowded. Lacks wildflowers. No dogs allowed. Occasional rattlesnakes.
Congestion: High
Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required
Dogs allowed: No
Total Distance: 2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 5,236 ft (1,596 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 423 ft (129 m)
Trail Uses: Hiking
Trail type: There-and-back/Loop

 Bell's Canyon Trail is a very popular Salt Lake City hike located right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Thanks to the low starting elevation and the lack of major elevation gain it has become a popular hike for all ages and abilities. Not only are there great views of the Lone Peak Wilderness and the Wasatch Mountains, you'll enjoy fantastic overlooks of Salt Lake City. After only three-quarters of a mile you'll reach the "lake," which is really the lower of two reservoirs that are located in this watershed. A walk round the reservoir is the best way to enjoy Bell's without adding too much time.

  • 4.7 mi
  • 2:48 hours
  • 1,532 ft
  • 1,542 ft