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Steed Canyon Waterfalls – Farmington Utah
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Overview
Location

Farmington Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Steed Canyon, a waterslide and a waterfall

Distance

About 3 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4820 ft

Summit Elevation

5424 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

604 ft

Time Required

2 hours round trip

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 1 liter of water. You will follow Steed Creek for the majority of the Trek.

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

You will be hiking about half the time on the trail and the other half bushwhacking – it gets a little tough at parts but it is mostly manageable.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring good hiking shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty, bag for food and water.

The first half of the hike will be on a clear trail but at some point you will need to bushwhack and go through rough terrain.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 40° 58.443’N, 111° 52.345’W
Steed/Hornet Canyon Fork: 40° 58.485’N, 111° 52.074’W
Steed Canyon Waterslide: 40° 58.479’N, 111° 51.742’W
Steed Canyon Waterfall: 40° 58.483’N, 111° 51.669’W


Trail Map


Driving Directions:

In Farmington Utah, take Woodland Drive for about .8 miles until you come to a gravel parking lot and you will see a gate on the left hand side.

Park here and this is the trail you want to take.

Or if you have a 4WD vehicle you can drive all the way to Steed Canyon by coming down from Farmington Canyon


The Trail:

At the beginning of the Steed and Hornet canyon trail

At the beginning of the Steed and Hornet canyon trail

This canyon and creek were named after one of the earliest settlers in Farmington named Thomas Steed.

At the base of Steed Creek and Steed Canyon you will see a sign that says “Steed Creek Trail” this is the same trail that splits off up to Hornet Canyon and Hornet Mine.

Follow this trail up a few hundred yards until you come to a sign that says “Hornet Canyon Trail” – this is where you want to stay RIGHT.


Here is the "Bridge" that we crossed near the Hornet/Steed canyon trail split

Here is the “Bridge” that we crossed near the Hornet/Steed canyon trail split

Keep hiking on the right trail until you come to a small stream and a wooden plank that crosses the stream.

Here you have two choices.  You can either stay right and you will stay within sight of the canyon for the remainder of your hike.  Or you can go left (you will see a sign that says “Cliffs”.  The Cliffs trail leads you around some behind the canyon and then directly on the ridge that overlooks Steed Canyon.

Both trails are fine but if you want a simpler hike then I would choose the left trail.  This trail seems to be renovated because of the fires a few months ago in the area so it is a rather easier trail…until you need to bushwhack towards the top of the ridge.


The waterslide is located in the center right of this photo.

The waterslide is located in the center right of this photo.

Keep hiking up and you will see orange and blue plastic streamer placed on the trees.  My bro and I suspect that these were put in by the firefighters coming through the area a few months back.

You will also see parts of pop cans nailed to trees so you can follow the trail.  These are not necessary as the trail is very visible.

Once you hit the top of the ridge and after all the switchbacks, keep hiking for about another two hundred yards on the trail.  Now you must make the hike to the south – bushwhacking time!

Look south and you will see a large clearing on a very slanted slope with little shrubbery and trees (see picture) this is where you need to go. Basically you need to hike to the creek.


Waterslide area! I don't recommend sliding down it though.

Waterslide area! I don’t recommend sliding down it though.

Once you get to this point you will see the waterslide.  This waterslide probably extends for a hundred feet or so and I absolutely do NOT recommend you slide down it!

Spring time brings an immense amount of water down these parts so I suggest you keep your distance and stay away from the slippery rocks.


Here is the waterfall

Here is the waterfall

Keep following the creek up (still bushwhacking) and you will come to “Waterfall Cave”.  This is not so much a cave, it is just a nice view of the water cascading through the large boulders.


The Return:

Bushwack your way back to the trail and head back down towards the mouth of the canyon.  If you get lost you can always hike close to the creek and you will end up at the bottom.  Or you can hike to the ridge and eventually meet up with the trail again.


Personal Thoughts:

The Steed Canyon Waterfalls are a fun hike for people who love a little risk and adventure and are not afraid to go off the trail to find hidden treasures.

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