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    1,309 m
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    16.1 km
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    Advanced (Diamond)
    Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
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    Intermediate (Square)
    Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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    Upper Bells Canyon Trail


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    The Upper Bells Canyon Trail is a challenging route in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area east of Salt Lake City. This route ascends over 1,280 m with a steep and consistent climb along a rocky trail. If you are up for the challenge, this trail will reward you with incredible views and an experience you won’t forget.

    Route Description for Upper Bells Canyon Trail

    The Upper Bells Canyon trail is a fantastic hike east of Sandy, Utah. This trail is a challenging route for experienced hikers. The trail up is seriously steep; hikers should arrive prepared with proper, supportive hiking footwear and lots of snacks and water to fuel their day. We strongly recommend bringing along a set of hiking poles on this trail to aid in your ascent and provide stability on the way back down. The steep ascent to the Bells Canyon Reservoir is guaranteed to leave your muscles burning, but we promise that this hike is worth it. The views along the trail are absolutely stunning, and a day spent with friends on the Upper Bells Canyon Trail will be a day to remember.

    From the trailhead on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard, follow the trail east to the Lower Bells Canyon Dam. Take a left at the Dam and stay right at the subsequent divides to loop around the Dam before continuing east along Bells Canyon. Follow the stream bed as it curves southeast all the way to the Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir.

    Take a long rest at the reservoir, catch your breath before turning around, and follow your footsteps back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Upper Bells Canyon Trail Trailhead

    The Upper Bells Canyon Trail begins on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard on the eastern edge of Sandy, Utah.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Disperse camping at reservoir

    • When to do:

      April to September

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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