Quick Hike to Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir – Utah

May 3, 2017

Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir is an easy and a perfect hike on a sunny day. There are different trails leading up to here. We took the Bells Canyon Boulders Trailhead from 10245 Wasatch Blvd. When you put it as Lower Bells Canyon in Google maps, it will take you to a residential area, where the trail can be accessed but there is no parking available there. There are boards telling you to go to 10245 S. The parking lot was full. We were lucky to find only one spot there. At first you will come across the Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir, further up you will come across the first waterfalls and again further up you get one more reservoir called as Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir.

Bells Canyon Reservoir

Bells Canyon Reservoir
View from the hiking trail.

We started around 5ish in the evening. Initially you will find a fleet of stairs, which is not well maintained. This trail is a bit rocky, but as you go further, it  keeps getting rockier. It’s best to avoid this hike, if you have knee problems.

Bells Canyon Reservoir
The trail gets rocky and steep at some points. Shoes are a must.
Bells Canyon Reservoir
a small falls on the way. This a watershed area actually.

A nice warm sunny evening it was! You can see Salt Lake City downtown from here to your right side. If we had planned for a little earlier, maybe we could go further.

Bells Canyon Reservoir
Wild flowers I found on the trail
Bells Canyon Reservoir
I loved this place so much.

Keep the area clean, as this is also a watershed area. and swimming is also not allowed here.

Quick Notes –

  • Hike type: Moderate kid friendly hike. This is heavily trafficked trail leading to Lower Bells Canyon waterfall and Upper Bells Canyon.
  • Total time required to hike comfortably: ~2 hour
  • Total distance: ~2 miles RT
  • Dogs: Not allowed as it is a watershed area
  • Kid friendly: Yes
  • Best time: Spring or Summer season – Open year round (I have been in late Spring)
  • Washrooms: Not available
  • Parking: Free parking available, usually full. We parked at 10245 Wasatch Blvd (Bells Canyon Boulders Trailhead) You can also access this trail from the Granite trailhead too.
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
Bells Canyon Reservoir
View of Salt Lake City Downtown.
Bells Canyon Reservoir
The reservoir

Bells Canyon Reservoir

Thank you for visiting! If you have any questions / suggestions / feedback you can comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear back from you.

Have a nice day!

 

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