Tom’s Experience climbing to Adams Cabin:
Adams Cabin is a very steep hike up to an old stone cabin. It is similar to Malans Peak in Ogden, but might be even steeper. The trail starts at the same parking lot of Adams Canyon but instead of going up the canyon to the waterfall, you climb the ridge to the cabin.
After the sandy switchbacks, the trail will start to go straight for a little bit. You should be able to look up the mountain and see the trail you will be following. It almost looks like a mud slide and it is terribly steep but start up and eventually it will form into a more narrow, normal trail.
The trail goes to the left of the Adams Canyon trail and stays on the left ridge of the canyon. The trail is very steep; climbing 3,040 feet in the 2.7 miles (one-way) to the cabin. The trail also has many loose small rocks, making it slick and easy to fall on.
The Adams Cabin trail is not very well covered by trees and can get very hot in the summer, make sure you bring sunscreen and plenty of water. There is one spring near the top, we heard it was fresh water and tried some since we had not brought enough water. We didn’t get sick despite drinking quite a lot of the water but be warned that we may just have been lucky, so bring a filter if you plan on drinking the water.
Adams Cabin is a small hut that is filled with a few things like sleeping bags and stoves for those wanting to spend the night. Overall, it was a nice cabin but I would rather spend the night in a tent than in Adams cabin. It smelled a little funny and was still pretty dirty.
Dogs are allowed on this hike. While the hike to the waterfall is very crowded, we hardly saw anyone on the Adams Cabin trail after the split off. There is a log book in the cabin you can sign before you head back down.
Trail Info: From US 89 take a right on N. Eastside Drive. Follow Eastside Drive to the trailhead. The Adams Cabin trailhead has some parking but it usually fills up quite quickly forcing others to park on Eastside Dr.
Adams Cabin Trailhead: 41.066246,-111.909881
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