Bridal Veil Falls in early May 2013
I was looking at some of my previous posts about waterfalls near Salt Lake City, and realized that Bridal Veil Falls seems to be one of the more unique waterfalls in the region, beside the fact that it’s one of the tallest. Most of the other waterfalls I visited in the region required uphill hikes.
Bridal Veil Falls, on the other hand, is one of the few roadside waterfalls near Salt Lake City. Coupled with the fact that it’s 607′ tall, it’s one of the busiest waterfalls you could visit in the area. And yet I’m not sure it was my favorite. I found it to be a beautiful waterfall, and yet it’s not as intimate as some of the other waterfalls in the region. If I remember a correctly, there were ways to get closer to the falls, though I decided against that. (It may not even be allowed…I can’t remember.) There is a paved trail to the base of the falls with some fish in the pond there.
- The falls is found directly off of US-189. The easiest way to get to US-189 is to probably take exit 272 on I-15.
- After exiting, head east on UT-52. Drive until UT-52 merges with US-189.
- Head north along US-189 until you get to the exit for Bridal Veil Falls. It’s only accessible heading north. There is no exit heading south, so you will have to find another exit and loop around.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Distance of Hike: 0.1 mile round trip to base of falls (paved)
Where in the World is Bridal Veil Falls?
Rocky Mouth Falls in early May 2013
For a number of the waterfalls along the Wasatch Range in and near the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, it felt that I was often climbing consistently uphill (and then downhill). There were exceptions, such as Hidden Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, but I definitely got a workout in over the three or four days that I visited waterfalls in the area.
Rocky Mouth Falls seemed to be the easiest of the waterfalls to visit that still required some uphill climbing. It’s an approximate 200′ elevation gain, though this happens over a relatively short 1/4 of a mile. This means there is definitely some steeper portion, though because it’s over with so quickly (compared to some of the other falls in the area), I didn’t really mind.
Getting to the trail isn’t difficult, but it is a bit odd. You start of at a designated parking area, and then walk along sidewalks into a residential area to the start of the trail. (As I’ve seen mentioned elsewhere, park in the designated area, and then be respectful as you walk through the area. It would be sad if use to this trail were ever lost.) After hiking that 1/4 mile, you’ll end up at the falls. I can’t seem to obtain an official height of the falls, and I’m really bad at judging height, but it’s tall enough to make it worth your while. I’m guessing that in the depths of summer, this might reduce to a trickle, so choose your visit appropriately.
- It seems the easiest way to find this waterfall is to type this in on Google Maps in your phone or on your GPS. The trailhead is found near 11248 S. Wasatch Boulevard, which runs adjacent to the mountain range. It’s directly across from an LDS Chapel.
- From the parking area, follow the signs into the residential area. Keep following the signs to the start of the trail, which I remember was pretty easy to find.
- Start your journey along the trail to the falls!
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip
Where in the World is Rocky Mouth Falls?
Battle Creek Falls in early May 2013
Getting to Battle Creek Falls is relatively easy. Figuring out which trail to take…that can be a little bit confusing at first, though it’s a straight shot once you identify the trail. Hiking uphill…not the worse, but you’ll still feel your legs burn. It’s a pretty enjoyable hike (for a cooler day).
When I arrived, I was pretty confused. There seemed to be three or four different trails, and the directions I had could have possibly led to two possible trails. Someone noticed my confused face, and helped me identify the correct path. I later took a picture so I could help others identify the correct trail. It’s Battle Creek Trail No. 50 (which will also indicate junctions to Curley Springs Trail No. 51 and Dry Canyon Trail No. 49 in 1.5 and 2.5 miles, respectively). Once you’re on the trail, it’s flatter until you approach the falls, where it becomes steeper. I wasn’t as worn out compared to some of the other waterfalls I had hiked to in the area. (Many places say it’s 1.8 miles round trip to the falls, but I think it might have been closer to 1 mile round trip.)
The falls didn’t have a huge amount of water flowing in early May, though there was still some water. It did get warmer as the day progressed, and I can’t imagine hiking this in the dog days of summer. I’m not even sure there would be much water. There is a smaller drop further upstream, and you can keep hiking further upstream, though it becomes consistently steeper. I stopped exploring after 0.9 miles one-way.
- The easiest way to navigate to the falls is to find the intersection of E 200 S St and S 1500 E St in Pleasant Grove.
- You will continue east along E 200 S St along a short dirt road to the parking area.
- Find Battle Creek Trail No. 50, and head northeast along the trail. After 0.5 miles or so, you should reach the falls. They’re pretty hard to miss (though keep going if you don’t see them at the 0.5 mile marker).
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip (could be longer)
My AllTrails Map (I hiked further than the falls): map
Where in the World is Battle Creek Falls?
Lake Blanche Falls in May 2013
Let me start by saying that I believe there are more waterfalls that could be classified as Lake Blanche Falls. This is the easiest and closest to the start of the Lake Blanche trail head in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail continues on for a ways, and climbs in elevation. Searches for Lake Blanche Falls indicate there might be taller falls along this trail.
This smaller waterfall is easily visited in Big Cottonwood Canyon. I visited last May, and there were still flurries at that time. Luckily, the main road wasn’t closed. One of the roads leading to Doughnut Falls, a very popular waterfall, was still closed, so I turned around. Hidden Falls, a really beautiful waterfall, is in one parking area along a S-curve in the road. In another parking area across the road is the start of the Lake Blanche trailhead. I wasn’t feeling particularly great, and didn’t wish to hike for a long time. I still wanted to see what was in the area, though, and so I hiked a short distance along this trail. I stopped once I saw some water flowing. The trail started going uphill at this point where the waterfall/cascades could be found.
I’m not sure that I’d go out of my way to see just this waterfall. As I’ve mentioned, though, Hidden Falls and Doughnut Falls are both close by. I also believe that on a warmer day, the hike along the Lake Blanche trailhead could be very enjoyable.
- Head east on UT-190 (Cottonwood Canyon Road). You will enter the National Forest.
- Just past mile-marker 6 (which is not 6 miles along the path, but instead 4 miles or so), there is a S-shaped curve. There are two parking areas on the right side of the road. They are somewhat easy to miss at first!
- Park in the first parking lot. (The second leads to Hidden Falls.) From there, head east along the Lake Blanche trail, which hugs Big Cottonwood Creek. After a short distance, you should find this waterfall.
Accessibility: 10/10 (very easy hike to the falls)
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Lake Blanche Falls?
Waterfall Canyon Falls in May 2013
I’m one of those people that enjoys hiking, but at the same time, I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m going to collapse from exhaustion after (or during) hiking. That can make decisions to visit waterfalls difficult. When someone else says a trail is “Strenuous”, is it actually strenuous? Others have indicated that the hike to Waterfall Canyon Falls is strenuous, and that may be true. If I had hiked for some distance before visiting Waterfall Canyon, I might have been more worn out. Instead, at the beginning of the day, this ended up being a rather enjoyable hike.
The trail to Waterfall Canyon Falls (also known as Malan Falls) starts at the edge of Ogden, and is easy to find. There is parking for 20 or so cars. There is one confusing moment where the trail splits in a few directions. If in doubt, head south and head uphill. It will meander along the side of the mountain for a ways, and then it will veer more directly into Waterfall Canyon. The elevation gain is over 1200′ in 1.25 miles. It’s consistently uphill, which means the journey back down is much easier. It is strenuous, but it is by no means the worse I have been on. If you’re prepared, you’ll be fine.
The final stretch to the falls does require some care. I’d describe it as a slippery slope, so take it slowly! (It’s a very short distance along these rocks/slope.) At about 200′ tall, this is one impressive waterfall. It was great to be so up close and personal with this waterfall. It was relatively popular, so you probably won’t be alone. If you’re in Salt Lake City, you should definitely stop and visit Waterfall Canyon Falls.
- From I-15/I-84, exit in Ogden onto UT-79, heading east.
- Stay on UT-79, which is also known as 30th Street. (There may be a left turn, followed by right turn involved in order to stay on UT-79, but I don’t remember since I used my GPS.)
- Turn left onto Polk Avenue, and then turn right onto 29th Street.
- Head to the end of 29th Street and turn right into the parking lot and the start of the trail head to the falls.
- At the trail head, start along the trail, veer left, then head uphill, finally veering right. Just keep heading uphill while heading southeast.
Accessibility: 3/10 (moderate/strenuous)
Length of Hike: 2.4 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Waterfall Canyon Falls?