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Farmington Creek Trail and Waterfall
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Overview
Location

Farmington Canyon, Utah

Sights

Forest, Wrecked Cars, Waterfall

Distance

1.9 miles 1 way

Parking Lot Elevation

5,244

Summit Elevation

6,419

Elevation Gain/Loss

1,163

Time Required

3-5 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Best Season

Late Spring- Late Fall

Hours

None

Sun Exposure

Half sun half shade

Trail Condition

Well traveled dirt single track

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Lower Trail Head:41.00027 N, 111.86620 W
Upper Trail Head:41.00243 N, 111.84032 W
Waterfall:41.00050 N, 111.84316 W

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Driving Directions


The Trail:

This is a great trail in Davis County that has somehow remained relatively unknown. It features beautiful scenery and a great 20 foot waterfall. I think this is a prettier waterfall than the extra popular Adams Canyon that has become so crowded that it feels like jail to me. You can get to the trail head in any vehicle but the road is a little rough and very narrow. This road is crazy busy with off road riders. Go slow and be careful around turns. I have ridden ATV’s in this canyon many times but this was my first time doing this hike. It had been on my radar since visiting the now closed Morris Creek Mine. (the approach is the same area) The trail climbs gently the entire way and begins with nice views of Farmington Creek below you and green canyon above.

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The trail will go in and out of shade the entire way. There were many pretty wild flowers.

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There are a couple small creek crossings that I was easily able to keep my feet dry.

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The higher you climb the more spectacular the views get.

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Be sure to look behind you for great views of Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake.

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If you keep your eyes open you will find the remains of several old cars wrecked from the road high above. Hopefully these cars were intentionally wrecked and no one was hurt! They are fun to see!

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I ran into 2 rattle snakes on the trail. I very nearly stepped on one but he gave me short warning. For this reason I will never understand how so many people hike with headphones blaring. At least keep one ear out and keep an eye on the trail.

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You will soon hear the roaring of the waterfall. I would guess that it gets far less impressive later in the year but we visited the first week of may and it was gorgeous and quite powerful. You can view the falls from the trail or go down the treacherous path to the base. There was a rope tied to help my way down the very loose and steep slope maybe 50 feet to the base. If you are not comfortable do not try! You could be seriously hurt if you slip. I thought the descent was pretty easy but it stressed out my wife who is pretty tough is such situations. The views of the falls are worth the descent! The mist was a great way to relax after the climb.

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Here is the view if you choose not to go to the base.

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Here is a short video of the falls.

 

Above the falls there is a spot that would make an amazing campsite for a quick overnight backpack trip.

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Past the campsite the trail becomes slightly overgrown until you reach the sign marking your arrival at the sunset campground.

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The Return:

From the campground you can set up a shuttle to pick you up or you can return down the trail you just hiked. I do not recommend hiking down the road since it is very busy with speeding teenagers.

Personal Thoughts:

This trail was a pleasant surprise to me. I loved the area and the falls were awesome! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for snakes and have fun!

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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