June 13, 2020

Centerville Canyon Waterfall Trail

Once you get to the half-way point, you’ll find a man-made swing that swings you over the creek.

Are you looking for a hike that’s not too long, not too short, and great for the whole family (including the fur baby)? If so, check out the Centerville Canyon Waterfall trail. Nestled in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, this is a highlights among the many waterfalls throughout the state. What makes this one special is the ability to get up close and personal with the falls themselves.

What to Expect

At 4.3 miles, this is a heavily trafficked trail located near Centerville, UT and a total elevation gain of 1,312 feet. The trail difficulty is rated as moderate but every inch of the trail has something to look at and experience. As an added bonus you will find plenty of water to cool off in! The trail follows the Deuel Creek making it great for dogs ready to cool off on a hot summer day. 

So, what makes this trail unique? Once you get to the half-way point, you’ll find a man-made swing that swings you over the creek, high into the air. This offers a great opportunity to rest. And, as an added bonus it keep the kids excited about hiking, and you might just meet other adventure seeking families. 

Once you’ve finished your favorite hiking snack (we recommend Cliff Bars), you will find yourself near the end. There the vibrant waterfall will come into view in all its glory (it's really hard to miss). Once there you can hang out in the rocks, admire from afar, or take a dip. You will also find a small pool at the base of the natural water feature perfect for wading.

Lastly, as you make your way back to home base you may find yourself ravenous for something sweet and sugary. We recommend you swing by one of the best local ice cream shops so you can grab a quick treat. Pro tip: don’t forget the pup cup!

Getting There

Jump on the I-15 and head toward Centerville. Head east to 400 East and turn right (south). Make your way to 100 South and turn left (east). The paved road ends at Island View drive (850 East. You will want to park along 100 South or Island View and the trail begins at dirt road on 100 South. It’s a bumpy road but can easily be accessed in your favorite mini-van.

What to Bring

Another great feature of this hike is that it winds you through dense forest, offering significant shade. Although, you’ll still want to bring your standard water, snack, and sunscreen provisions. This is a great hike to do anytime of the day, during any season. Keep in mind, the best hikes are the ones that you’re properly prepared for so check out this article to ensure you’re ready for the adventure. There are opportunities to get into the creek so bring your swimsuit if you’re interested in taking a dip!

For those with fur babies, this is an off leash dog trail so no leashing is required. So, grab your gear and we'll see you out on the trail!

Seven Slopes

Seven Slopes in a local's guide to what to do in Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains.  The articles on this site were written by students from the University of Utah as part of a digital marketing curriculum.
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