Explore the family friendly Lisa Falls

Tom’s experience hiking to Lisa Falls:

Lisa Falls is a multitiered waterfall up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City. Lisa Falls Hike

The trail up to the waterfall is very short, about .11 miles from the parking area. However, the trail to the falls is pretty steep.

Salt Lake City Lisa Falls

You must cross the stream to get to the waterfall so either wear shoes that can get wet or be prepared to jump across rocks.

Hike Lisa Falls

It really wasn’t too hard to keep your feet dry on this hike. The waterfall is pretty neat and has at least two tiers.

Lisa Falls Waterfall

The river itself is also very pretty as it flows along the granite rocks. You can climb up to the top of Lisa Falls if you climb up the left hand side as you are looking at the waterfall.

Lisa Falls Salt Lake City

It isn’t too difficult but it is dangerous. Dogs are not allowed up Little Cottonwood Canyon or on this hike.

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Trail Info: The Lisa Falls trailhead isn’t marked but isn’t too difficult to find. At the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon you will drive up canyon for 2.7 miles. There will be a small parking lot on the right side of the road and another small parking lot on the left hand side of the road. The trail starts on the left hand side so if you can park there thats awesome. The trail is pretty easy to see. When we went it was pretty crowded and easy to find.


Parking Lot: 40.572686,-111.726503

Lisa Falls:  40.572724,-111.727681

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Enjoyable hike to the surprising Willow Heights

Tom’s Experience hiking to Willow Heights:

Willow Heights is a short and sweet hike up Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City.

Willow Heights Hike

It travels through a beautiful aspen forest that ends at a small lake just below the Solitude Ski resort.

Willow Heights Forest

The total distance is about 2 miles and that is if you hike the loop around the lake.

Willow Heights Trailhead

The trail begins right off the side of the road. There is a rock that has been carved to show you where the trail starts but it can be difficult to see from the road.

Hiking Willow Heights

From here the trail will take you up through the aspens and the trail can get quite steep in parts. Fortunately it isn’t too long and makes for a great short-workout hike. Near the lake, the forest will open up into a pretty meadow and then you reach the lake.

Returning from Willow Heights

You can take a loop hike around the lake to see it from all angles and then return to your car the way you came, or you can simply make it to the lake and turn back around. No dogs are allowed on this trail at all and no swimming is allowed in the lake.

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Trail Info: Head up Big Cottonwood Canyon for about 11 miles until you reach Silver Fork Lodge. From the lodge it is .3 miles to the trailhead. There are pulloffs on both sides of the road for parking and the trail takes off on the north side of the road. It can be difficult to find if you are first but the trail is popular enough that there should be vehicles there if you go later in the day. If you reach the Solitude ski resort you have gone too far.


Willow Heights Trailhead:     40.630321,-111.604614

Willow Heights Lake:    40.636948,-111.59734

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