Upper Falls is a hidden hike in Provo Canyon. It is just a mile past Bridal Veil Falls, but hardly anyone hikes this trail, and it ends with a 40 foot waterfall. This used to be listed on our easy waterfall hikes list, but the trail has changed, so the Upper Falls hike is now moderate.
Upper Falls is just a little farther up Provo Canyon from Bridal Veil Falls. It begins on the paved Provo Canyon trail, and then branches off to climb to the waterfall. This section of the hike is steep and rocky at the end, but just for 1/4 mile. We held the hands of our 5 and under crowd on the way down, and they made it just fine. The trail is also very shady and beautiful.
One thing we like about Provo Canyon is all the birds. This hike started out with us spotting some yellow warblers right in the parking lot. We also saw an American Dipper in the river and several robins. Later, we spotted a small snake on the path. We were glad we stopped to see him, because there were some pretty cool fossils in the rocks strewn along the trail right where the snake was hanging out.
When you reach the falls, you can climb right up to the bottom. We stood in the freezing spray for awhile and took a bunch of pictures. There was no one else to contend with for pictures which is why we loved this hike. We have never seen anyone at Upper Falls in all of the times we have hiked it.
The drawback is that the trail is steep and rocky. Anyone in good health should be able to make it, but make sure to hang on to little one’s hands on the way down! See below for specific directions to the trailhead.
Upper Falls Park was closed when we last visited Upper Falls, so you will access the trail from a little further up the canyon. Drive past the Bridal Veil Falls turnoff, and the view point, and then take a right the next chance you see one after the Bridal Veil Falls View Point. This road leads to a parking area next to some kind of water facility. This road would take you down to Upper Falls Park, but park here by the buildings.
After you park, walk east along the cement wall, and cross the pretty bridge over the river. You’ll join the Provo River Parkway Trail and head right. Walk 1/4 mile down to the cement buildings and begin the trail up to Upper Falls behind the buildings. There are no signs or markings, so keep an eye out for these old buildings on the left. This makes the trail about 1.2 miles round trip.