We slacked the last few weeks in getting some nature in. Time is running out the weather is rapidly turning cold, as it tends to do in Utah. Our falls tend to be a couple of sporadic days in between Utah flipping drastically from Summer to Winter.
Anyway, I found the little trail and it sounded nice so we went. The trailhead is in Kaysville, an area I am not at all familiar with. Here are the directions to the trailhead:
To find the trail head take hwy 89 north to Layton, turn right on East 1200 North road then immediately turn right on Eastside road. Near the end of eastside road you will see a dirt parking area. This is the trail head parking. (Lat:41.066275 Lon:-111.909903)
Thank goodness they provided GPS coordinates We completely missed the turnout for 1200 north, by a long shot. So we used the GPS on the phone to help guide us. From what I can tell the street is not labeled at all. Pay attention to the addresses up to the area and you will see a tiny like, 10 foot road that leads to a road going parallel to 89. The parking area is not far down this road. Be advised it really is a dirt parking lot, and not a very well maintained one.
From there, we hiked. :) The trail starts up next to some properties. It is a very sandy, beach like trail, unlike any other I have hiked locally before. It starts with a bunch of switchbacks to quickly bring you up to the Bonneville shoreline. From there, you get your view.
It had been really windy these past few days So I had just assumed this was dust being kicked up, which it may have been at this point, what I did not know was that we had a huge fire burning all the way at the south end of the next valley over.
It had definitely been too long since our last hike. We both had to stop and take quite a few breaks. I seemed to need more water than usual. Mental note for future hike, extra water. I made it without being dehydrated, but would have appreciated a little more.
This random piece of graffiti actually amused me. (I guess really the difference is 2 things. 1) do not graffiti nature. 2) don’t be gangsta with it.) This is on the replacement bridge, which instead of replacing the original, now useless bridge they placed upstream about 10 feet, which is kind of a harder climb. Thanks for the new bridge, but, wouldn’t it make more sense to have just replaced the now defunct one?
There will be more photo’s on the way back down, because. as we rested here we heard a group come up behind us. I was really hoping for a least a moment of alone time at the main falls so I pushed up up at a harder pace than normal. It was worth it.
The falls. I saw one reference to Adam’s Falls, but I have not been able to find anything definitive on it’s name. Most people seem to refer to it as the “main falls” So in the interest of being the first to offer a name I submit: Double Slash Falls. Or Slash Slash Falls. :)
At this point the group behind us had caught up to us. I appreciated the few minutes we had alone with the falls, as from what I read this was a popular trail. The parking lot was full, and we passed a lot of people going down so I honestly did not anticipate getting even a second alone. After resting a few breaths more, we decided to grant them the same courtesy and started back down.
Relevant news article on the fire I looked up upon returning home.
I know I tend to say this a lot, largely due to me being experimental with hikes lately, but this is by FAR my newest favorite hike! Absolutely gorgeous trail, offering amazing views until you hit the forest, then you have a beautiful forest trail, a nice stream to listen to and watch, a couple beautiful cascades, culminating to one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen locally.
It was classified as moderate but I would say it is semi/advanced. It is rather steep, starts in the sun, and has some very rough parts. Also, it has a lot of forks, which is at first rather confusing, but they do seem to all go to the same place. Towards the end (after the skeleton bridge) pay attention to your choices. There are a lot of safer choices to take than appear to be obvious.
It is also a rather popular trail, which at first worried me, but this was the almost perfect amount of people. Enough people that you felt safer on the trail, but not enough to feel crowded, or touristy.
Final score: 9 out of 10 squirrels.