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Four Fall foliage hikes in Davis County

Oct 06, 2022 10:59AM ● By Karen Painter

Adams Canyon

Adams Canyon Trail in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a scenic trail along North Fork Holmes Creek with an assortment of terrain and great views, ending at the spectacular 40-foot Adams Waterfall. It is a 3.8 miles out and back trail near Kaysville. It is considered a moderately challenging trail and takes an average of 2.5 hours to complete. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but it is very popular and so you might want to keep them on a leash. The first half mile of the trail consists of steep switchbacks and then plateaus at Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  In the fall, gorgeous leaves of orange and red of gambel oaks greet you as you enter the canyon. Large yellow cottonwoods reign above you as you climb higher. The last part of the trail to the waterfall is challenging but worth the climb. 

Farmington Canyon-The Grotto in Hornet Canyon

This trail is three miles long and takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Dogs are allowed on the trail and can be off leash in some areas. Yellow and orange leaves of scrub oak greet you at the mouth of the canyon. There are also some splashes of bright red hawthorn leaves. There are a few bright yellow aspens along the way. The Grotto is a beautiful display of water with a weeping wall, two waterfalls, and a semi-deep pool. Some parts of the trail are narrow next to the deep canyon, so watch your little children closely.

Mueller Park Canyon

This area above Bountiful is beautiful in the autumn. There are gorgeous red oaks, yellow aspens, and red canyon maples. There are several options for trails in this area. The most popular trail takes you 3.5 miles up to Elephant Rock. If you take this trail, it is 6.8 miles out and back, it is considered moderately challenging and takes an average of 3 hours to complete. It is a beautiful area with a mix of evergreens and conifers. It is a popular area so you will likely encounter other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

Deuel Creek Trail 

This family-friendly hike in Centerville allows you to go up one side of the creek and then back down the other side, with an option to begin at the south or north trailhead. The trail is a 2.9-mile flat loop around the creek. While hiking, you will pass a waterfall, waterslide, and rope swing. You will cross over the creek many times on quaint and convenient bridges. This is an easy trail and well-shaded, so you can enjoy the glorious colors of the changing leaves. λ