Adams Canyon

Kaysville, Utah 84037

Adams Canyon

Adams Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"It’s safe to say that Adams Canyon is Davis County’s most popular trail due to accessibility and the 40-foot waterfall at the end of the canyon. Adams Canyon was named for Elias Adams, an early pioneer, but today the trail is much more developed than it was in his day.

The hike begins on a sandy, sun-exposed climb where barriers have been built to keep the trail from dissolving down the hillside. Once in the canyon, the trail is shaded and runs next to the north fork of Holmes Creek. You enjoy the sights, sounds, and coolness of the stream as you climb your way to the fresh and impressive waterfall at the top."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Witt
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"From the valley floor, Adams Canyon appears no different from any other ordinary canyon along the Wasatch Front. But once inside, you’ll find a deep canyon filled with white fir, a tumbling creek, and a stunning waterfall waiting at the end of the trail. Locals have done a good job of keeping Adams Canyon a secret. No signs at the trailhead indicated where you are or that you can even access the canyon." Read more

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10/1/2018
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6/11/2018
The waterfall at the top of this trail is so worth the challenge and effort! There are lots of large boulders, rocks, tree roots and steep switchbacks, so wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. The views are just gorgeous. This trail is understandably popular, and you will see kids, dogs and bikes along the way. Since it is inhabited by lots of people the parking lot is generally pretty full.
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5/4/2016
A fun and beautiful Hike. very wet in spring though especially if their has been lots of rain or snow.
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10/1/2011
I hike this canyon regularly with the family, and run it often on my own.. It is one of my favorite local trails and I highly recommend it to all. Make sure to take water, and realize that the last portion is somewhat steep, and a little technical for a newbie, or young one.
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6/12/2010
Took the whole family up this trail with our 20 month old in the Kelty pack. This was a great family hike with several very technical areas. The payoff was at the waterfall which was fantastic.
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5/15/2010
This trail is gorgeous. The terrain is steep at first but the trek to the waterfall is short and worthwhile. My only complaint is that it has high traffic.
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4/26/2009
easy to get to trail head, most of the trail is very well maintained. Gets a bit tricky towards the end near the falls but is well worth the trip. took my 3 daughters 7,9,11 all had a great time.
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4/16/2009
The trail was busy on the day I went. A group of seven of us went and hiked back to the waterfall, you will get your feet wet in order to see it but it was a nice hike back to it.
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Trail Information

Kaysville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.0
Distance
1,247 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City 84121.
Local Contacts
USGS Kaysville
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018