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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Adams Canyon Lower Waterfall

Adams Canyon is a very popular hike in the Davis County area. The parking lot is seldom empty as people look for an escape to nature. People usually hike to up the canyon as far as they can, usually ending at the Adams Canyon Waterfall. Most of the hikers don't realize they're missing another beautiful waterfall near the canyon mouth.

The lower waterfall isn't as big as the one higher up the canyon, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in solitude. I'd heard of the waterfall several times, but hadn't tried to find it. I tried a few weeks ago, but in the low light at dusk, I passed right by it. This time the hike was better planned, and in daylight, so finding the waterfall was no problem.

The trickiest part is finding the small trail that leads to the waterfall. After the first set of switchbacks, there is a short section where the trail is relatively level before there are 2-3 more switchbacks on the main trail. In this short section, there is another trail that branches off to the south. Follow this trail, and finding the falls is easy, it's just a little bit further than you think it will be.

View Trail to A.C. Lower Falls in a larger map
Nearest City: Layton, UT
GPS Coordinates: Waterfall N 41° 03.910 W 111° 54.250
Time Needed: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Kid Friendly: Sure, there are a few steep hillsides
Additional Info: The parking area/trailhead is at N 41° 03.976 W 111° 54.607


  1. We are planning on doing this hike next week, and am wondering how deep the pools are below the waterfalls. Looking at photos of both waterfalls, the lower one looks pretty deep. If you know, will you let me know.


  2. Chris- The pools below the upper and lower waterfalls in Adams Canyon are both pretty shallow. Basically the water falls onto a pile of rock and rubble and isn't allowed to pool. I'd say it gets 18 inches to 2 feet deep, so not deep at all. Good luck with your hike!