Length: Up to 3.5 miles out and back
Description: This is one of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake area. It provides access to a unique waterfall where Big Cottonwood Creek gushes through a donut-shaped hole in the mountainside. The forested trail is well marked. The trailhead is in Big Cottonwood Canyon near the Jordan Pines picnic area.
Most people hike here during summer and fall. Autumn colors are spectacular. This has also become a popular winter snowshoe hike.
Mill D Trailhead
Drive about 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, to the signed Mill D Trailhead. If you come during the busy season you may need to park here; parking is limited at the smaller, Donut Falls Trailhead just up the road. From the Mill D Trailhead, drive or hike up the paved, gated Mill D South Fork Road, past the Jordan Pines picnic area. You'll pass summer homes. This road is usually plowed during winter months.
Donut Falls Trailhead
After about .75 miles, the Mill D South Fork Road becomes dirt road. After another 200 yards you'll find the small Donut Falls trailhead parking area. At that point you leave the dirt road and follow the obvious trail that begins by the information kiosk.
From the Donut Falls trailhead, follow the well-marked trail for about .5 miles to Donut Falls. The trail follows an old four-wheel-drive route for a time. Return the way you came.