100 Hikes in Utah
by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)
© Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Although the upper falls are not as spectacular as the lower falls, I think the hike was more enjoyable. The trail starts with a steep descent down slickrock, which means you have a tough climb up out of the canyon at the end of your hike. The rest of the trail is mostly downhill, but much less steep. The slickrock portions of the trail are well marked with cairns, and the rest is well worn and easy to follow. Toward the end of the trail, the trail forks. Go right to the top of the falls, where there are a couple pools, which have a couple deep holes. Go left to a viewpoint of the falls, then down to the bottom of the canyon. It's not a long hike, but again, it is quite a climb to get back to the trailhead. It was tough, but my four-year-old daughter made it easily. One warning: If you have the book "Best Easy Day Hikes" by Ron Adkinson, the directions to the trailhead are incorrect. It is between mile markers 80 and 81, not 81 and 82 as he says.
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