Discover the hidden Adams Cabin Trail

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.

Adams Cabin Layton Hikes

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.

Adams Canyon Adams Cabin

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.

Adams Cabin Adams Canyon

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 Great Workout Hikes

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.

Adams Cabin

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.

Tom’s Rating:

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.

GPS:

Adams Cabin Trailhead:    41.066246,-111.909881

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Discover the remarkable waterfall up Adams Canyon

Tom’s Experience hiking Adams Canyon:

Adams Canyon, sometimes refereed to as Holmes Creek, is one of the most popular hiking trails in Layton, Utah. It is the same trailhead as the less popular but steeper Adams Cabin trail and Adams Canyon Lower Falls.

Hiking to Waterfall in Layton

This 3.8 round-trip hike leads to a 40-foot waterfall and small swimming hole after a 1,420 foot elevation gain. This trails popularity can lead it to being very crowded, however due to the difficulty of the trail not everyone who starts makes it to the waterfall.

Adams Canyon Layton Hiking Trails

There is really only one main trail in the area once you pass the Bonneville Shoreline trail, so finding your way to the waterfall isn’t too difficult. The hike is split up into about three sections. The first section is the climb from the trailhead up sandy switchbacks to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

Layton Hikes Adams Canyon

The second is from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the river crossing through a forest. The river crossing is easy to cross without getting wet and there is a bridge there to help you cross. We also saw a father and son panning for gold in the river on one of our hikes in Adams Canyon. They didn’t sound too successful but I’m sure if they found gold they would keep it a secret.

Bridge on Adams Canyon

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The last section is from the river crossing to the waterfall. The trail here can get a little rocky and steep. Unfortunately, this is the point of the trail that many people turn around thinking they can’t make it. In the summer, this trail can get hot but the river and the trees do a pretty good job of keeping it cool after the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Be sure to bring a lot of water so you are prepared for the heat because the waterfall is worth it.

Adams Canyon Waterfall

Dogs are allowed and many were off leash. There were also a few primitive camping spots along the trail and we saw many kids who had spent the night.

Tom’s Rating:

Adams Canyon Directions: From US 89 take a right on N. Eastside Drive. Follow Eastside Drive to the trailhead. The trailhead has some parking but it usually fills up quite quickly forcing others to park on Eastside Dr.

GPS:

Adams Canyon Trailhead:    41.066246,-111.909881

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