I've been hitting the hiking trails quite a bit lately, and luckily there are a lot of nice ones to choose from without having to travel far from Salt Lake City. One of my new, or rediscovered, favorite hiking areas is Bell Canyon, also known as Bells or Bell's Canyon.
Bell Canyon is a circular, glacier-carved canyon adjacent to Little Cottonwood Canyon. It's accessed from two different trailheads near the entrance to Little Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon offers a number of options to hikers, including two short, easy routes to Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir, and more strenuous hikes to a set of waterfalls and Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir. Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir is appropriate for beginners and children, the lower waterfall is a strenuous intermediate hike, and the upper reservoir is a strenuous all-day hike. I've enjoyed Bell Canyon mostly as a quick getaway or place to take the kids, but it can be a much more adventurous hiking experience depending on how far you go.
Photo: Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir. By Flickr user Beneath_B1ue_Skies.