Adam’s Canyon is beautiful! It’s a moderately difficult hike that is about 4 miles round trip, and the end is worth the journey! The hike starts at a trailhead just North of Fruit Heights and is fairly popular. In fact, I have done this hike twice and saw at least 10 people both times. So, if you are a fan of exclusivity, this hike may not be for you. My suggestion is to get over this minor inconvenience and do this hike!
It begins by going up a steep set of switchbacks above some very expensive-looking houses. The trail levels out through a meadow area and runs along a hillside before entering into some shrubs and up into the canyon. The trail drops down to a stream and is shaded for the majority of the rest of the hike.
As it gets steeper, waterfalls begin to form along the way. Towards the end of the hike, the trail starts to become cluttered with fallen logs, but is still easy to follow. It just requires an extra hop, skip, and a jump.
The slope on the right side of the trail begins to become rockier and eventually forms into a cliff as the stream turns into a large pool. The trail crosses the low, wide stream and you must rock hop a bit to avoid getting wet feet.
As you cross the stream, the jewel of this hike comes into view. A 60 foot waterfall cascades off the rock and sprays mist on you as you reach the oposite bank.
We ran under the water and then sat on the side of the stream, taking in one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen in Utah, and it’s only a 20 minute drive from Salt Lake!
The hike back out was quick, since it was mostly downhill. By the time we reached the car we were dry and sweaty in the summer sun. This is a fairly long hike for kids, but would be an awesome date for any of the warmer months.