Adams Canyon Lower Falls

Tom’s experience at Adams Canyon Lower Falls:

Adams Canyon Lower Falls is a much shorter hike than the longer Adams Canyon hike that still leads to a beautiful waterfall and a small pool you can play in.
Lower Adams Canyon Waterfall Hike


You park at the same parking lot as Adams Canyon and Adams Cabin and hike up the same sandy switchbacks. After 10 switchbacks the trail will level off and the main sandy switchbacks will be over.

Hiking to Lower Adams Canyon Waterfall

At this point there will be a few trails that take off to the right and head south from the trail you are on.

Family Friendly Lower Adams Canyon Waterfall

Take any of these three trails and they will all lead to the lower waterfall. The trail is a little steep and rocky right before you get to the falls but it shouldn’t be difficult for a fit adult and it is easy to help children through.

Flowers at lower Adams Canyon Waterfall

The waterfall is about 20 feet tall and you can walk around it and stand behind it staying mostly dry. The pool is about a foot deep and great for playing in but not deep enough to swim in. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Trail to Lower Adams Canyon Waterfall

Its a great hike for dogs since they can play in the water and cool down at the end but they must remain on leash.

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.


Adams Canyon Trailhead:    41.066246,-111.909881

Adams Canyon Lower Waterfall:     41.06521,-111.903968

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Hike the Beautiful Family Friendly Grotto Falls Trail

Tom’s experience hiking the Grotto Falls Trail:

The Grotto Falls Trail is a very family friendly and fun short hike up to a beautiful waterfall.

The Grotto Trailhead



The trail is short about half a mile round trip. It is a little steep near the beginning.

Hiking the Grotto

Eventually you will need to cross the river a number of times and there are narrow planks or logs you can use if your balance is good so you don’t have to get your feet wet.

The Grotto River Crossings

The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall that is surrounded by cliffs. You can play under the waterfall if you’d like but the pool isn’t very deep.

The Grotto Trail

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

The Grotto Payson Utah

There are quite a few parking spots but they can fill quickly. Since it is such a short hike usually you wont have to wait to long to find a spot.

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Trail Info: From Salt Lake, take exit 254 to Payson and turn left onto Payson Main Street. Continue south until Main Street meets 100 North. Turn left and travel to 600 East and turn right. You will follow this road for about 10 miles and the sign for Grotto Falls Trail will be on the left along a large hairpin turn.


Grotto Falls Trail: 39.951587, -111.675475

Grotto Falls: 39.948518, -111.677696

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