Bell Canyon – Historic Granite, Sandy Utah
Bell Canyon, located in the Historic Granite area of Sandy, Utah is a beautiful hike with multiple waterfalls and reservoirs along its route, along with stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley. The canyon is located at about 10245 South on Wasatch Blvd above the community of Sandy, and is a 9.5 mile out and back trail only recommended for experienced hikers. Its accessible from March until November and snowshoes may be required during the winter months. Wildlife is commonly seen along this trail, including mountain goats in rocky areas.
Bell Canyon Reservoir
Bell Canyon Reservoir is .71 miles long and has a vertical gain of 560 ft above the trailhead. It’s a great place to take a quick break, and enjoy a snack. The trail is fairly easy getting to this point. Hikers who get to the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir can follow a loop around the reservoir or follow the forest service trail up Bell Canyon. Those who proceed up the Canyon may see a waterfall or two. The reservoir is stocked by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. An expected catch is primarily cutthroat trout. Anglers 12 years old and older must have a fishing license to fish. This area is a catch and release fishery only.
The formal trail dwindles out after about 1.9 miles above the lower reservoir. At the top of the Canyon, 3.7 miles and 3800 vertical feet above the lower reservoir and beyond formal trail access, is the Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir on the North flank of the Lone Peak summit.