Donut Falls Hike

We have a million and one things to do before we move out of our apartment this week, so why not take a half-day break to go on an adventure?

Today, we drove about 20 minutes out of town up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Donut Falls Trailhead. We had done this hike before, but were very disappointed that it didn’t look anything like the pictures we had seen. Turns out we didn’t actually get to the end of the “trail” last time. We did some further research and gave it another go.

The trail is usually pretty heavily trafficked, but we went early in the afternoon and in the off season. We had the place to ourselves on the way up and the ground was frozen and patched with snow. On the way down, we had plenty of company and the ground was super muddy and wet.

The hike is pretty basic and nothing to write home about. The star of the show is the waterfall tucked away at the end of the hike. There is a sign at the end of the trail warning hikers not to climb on the rocks, but we are rebels (In reality, I spent the whole time chanting “stay safe, no insurance”).

Not only was it just a nice reprieve from our daily chores, it was our first chance to try out the GoPro. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be like Samantha Brown. Well girl, here I come.

Kanarraville Falls

We all got tickets to the Orderville Gulch hike in Zion National Park. But…. there were signs of rain (flash flood), so we had to cancel the hike and go with Plan B.

Our wonderful Utah friends planned yet another grand Utah adventure for us.

We all got tickets to the Orderville Gulch hike in Zion National Park. It is an 11 mile, technical hike and is said to be quite similar to the Narrows, but with a little extra fun. The hike requires several hours of hiking, repelling, wading, and swimming.

But…. there were signs of rain (flash flood), so we had to cancel the hike and go with Plan B.

Plan B was Kanarraville Creek Trail in Kanarraville, Utah. It is a moderate, 4.8 mile, round-trip hike along a creek and through a short slot canyon. It is far less technical than the Orderville hike, but still includes a few hours of hiking, two ladders up waterfalls, and quite a bit of wading in cold water.

I really enjoyed this hike. It started with a hot walk through some brush along the creek. Then we entered the slot canyon where we had to wade through water the rest of the way. The water was quite cold, but after the time in the heat, it was a pleasant reprieve. There were a decent amount of people also hiking the trail, but I only really noticed at the waterfalls where we had to wait in a short line to climb up.

The waterfalls were a blast. Josh is afraid of heights, water, and pretty much any structure that has even the smallest possibility of collapse. The waterfalls were only about 8 feet tall, but was still a startling adventure, even for me. It took some coercing to get Josh to climb up the slippery log spattered with loose nails for foot holds, but he did it and was pretty proud of himself.