Where to run, eat, & get some culture
Salt Lake City
Almost every Utah kid and teen begins their love affair with the mountains hiking to Donut Falls with family, youth groups and friends. It's an easy hike that allows for mom and dad to hike with one kid on their back, toddlers incessantly throwing rocks in the river, and teenagers dragging their feet. Summer weekends are packed, and can be difficult to find parking. Go during the week or in the evenings to beat the morning rush.
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Easy; wide trail with slight elevation gain
3.5 miles out and back
Drive 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Mill D Trailhead. Take a right towards the Jordan Pines picnic area. You'll pass private summer homes on your way to the trailhead parking lot. Follow the signs to Donut Falls.
The best time to hike to donut falls is during the summer months. The wildflowers come out in mid-July and last through the beginning of August. Hiking in the fall is also quite pleasant--bring a sweater and some hot cocoa.
There's a pit toilet at the trailhead.
Bring lots of water, especially during summer months when temperatures can get into the 90s. Carry out all your trash and remember The Hiker's Code.