Trail

Bell Canyon Reservoir - Granite Trailhead

Sandy, UT
Length: 2.30 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

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Bell Canyon Reservoir is a beautiful spot to hike that offers beautiful views of the Salt Lake Valley along with views of the Wasatch Mountains. There are two trailheads to choose from; this post is about the Granite Trailhead. The parking lot is on the small side, but the City of Sandy added an overflow lot just around the corner on Wasatch Blvd. The overflow lot is sometimes closed in the winter.

It’s a great hike for preschoolers and up. Young walkers should be worn in baby carriers.

The beginning of the trail is the hardest part in my opinion, with a half dozen rocky switchbacks that bring you up and over a hill to descend into Bells Canyon. Once the switchbacks are done, the trails gets easier and you’ll find yourself at the reservoir after just 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead.

At the reservoir, you can choose to explore or have a rest and a snack on one of the handful of benches in different spots. We usually hike the trail that meanders around the reservoir and then stop at the big rocks for a snack. The trail includes lots of shade and a small bridge that goes over the creek that feeds the reservoir from higher in the canyon.

All of Bells Canyon is a watershed canyon, so no dogs are allowed.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Fishing, Lake, Natural Play Area, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Panoramic views of the Salt Lake Valley.
The water level of the reservoir can vary greatly throughout the year depending on rain and snow melt.
Catch-and-release fishing is allowed at the reservoir, artificial lures only.
No swimming or wading is allowed in the reservoir.
The switchbacks at the beginning of the hike can sometimes have slippery gravel for little ones. Hand holding or wearing in a carrier is recommended; especially when heading downhill.
There is a dropoff on one side during a small part of this trail.
There are vault toilets at the trailhead that are usually open year-round. They are sometimes closed after heavy snowfall.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a parking lot at the trailhead that can hold about a dozen cars. If it’s full, there’s an overflow lot on Wasatch Blvd, just south of Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd, with lots of extra parking. You can only access it from northbound Wasatch Blvd.

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.

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Getting There

From I-15, exit 9000 S and head east. After the road does a large S-curve it turns into 9400 S. Continue heading east. The trailhead parking lot will be on your right, just after you cross Wasatch Blvd.