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Donut Falls in the Winter - Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

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Published on Jan 29, 2013

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Donut Falls in the Winter - Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

Visiting Donut Falls in the winter offers a very unique experience that differs greatly from the summer months. The normal trail head that you can drive to in the summer is inaccessible in the winter so you must park just off the canyon road and walk to trail head location. This adds approx 3/4 to this hike making the total distance to the falls approx 1 1/2 miles. The winter parking area is located 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail that leads to the falls is almost non-existent because of the snow pack; however this area is very popular for cross-country skiing and those that like to snowshoe. The trail is generally packed down and easy to follow to the falls. To make your trek easier I highly recommend snowshoes. Once at the falls the sound of running water is muffled by a deep layer of snow. In a few places you can see the stream flowing beneath the snow pack. If you choose to make your way up to the "donut" you do so at your own risk. Please remember that below the deep layer of snow are very large boulders, and running water.

Enjoying Utah's backcountry in the winter months offers solitude and beauty that you just cannot experience in the summer months. It also offers different challenges and different preparations. Be sure to always be prepared with proper winter clothing, and gear. Be sure to always check the avalanche conditions before you venture into Utah's back country during the winter season.

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