Dixie and I intended to hike a portion of The Great Western Trail today, but the road to the trailhead (high up in Big Cottonwood Canyon) was still closed and completely covered in snow. So, we thumbed through our guidebook (60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City) to see what else was close. We decided to give Doughnut Falls a go (and as a bonus picked up Hidden Falls as well).
Snow and mud!!! Our guidebook suggested this hike for late Spring, but we had an unusually long Winter, so about 75% of the trail was covered in either slippery mud or snow banks that I kept plunging down into up to my knee. For a safe bet, wait til Summer is actually present for this trail. Still, we made it to the falls.
Here's the sign from the road, the only one that mentions donut falls at all (see the guidebook for an explanation of why). Notice the open gate? This was taken when we were leaving.
Can you see it up there? Supposedly you can crawl up the boulders to the top of the falls and peer down (people have died here, so be careful!). Ha! Not with all this snow around and the river all swelled up.
My feet were completely soaked through when we got back to the car. Due to the gate closure and all that snow slowing us down, it took us an hour and a half to reach the falls. I'm guessing it would take a lot less time if you could park at the trail head and the ground conditions were summery. It was totally worth it though, the falls are way cooler in person than in a photo.
So the guidebook says you may as well visit Hidden Falls since it is on your way back Big Cottonwood Canyon. Literally, it is like ten minutes from the road. What it doesn't say is that you have to cross this log to get there.