Trail Details

South Thunder from Bells Canyon North TH<br />via Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir

South Thunder from Bells Canyon North TH
via Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 9.0 to 14.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 10.8 miles
 Elevation Gain: 5914 feet
 Main Aspect: West
 Climb Rate: 1095 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 21%
Notes: Follow the Bells Canyon trail past the falls to Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir. After that, route find your way to the peak, which is south west from the reservoir. 9
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Bells Canyon North TH
Trailhead Elevation: 5240 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Area: Salt Lake Valley
Area Location: Various locations on East Bench in Salt Lake
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: There are two trailheads for Bells Canyon. If you can not find parking at one, try the other. The north TH is on the south side of the road around 3400 Little Cottonwood Rd.


Waypoint 1
Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir
 Elevation: 5575  Feature: Lake
Notes: The Lower Bells reservoir is a good hike to find out how in shape you are for the season. It is a very small lake that can be approached from 2 trailheads.
Waypoint 2
Bells Canyon Falls
 Elevation: 6680  Feature: Falls
Notes: The falls are impressive most of the year, but especially during the spring runoff. It freezes over in the winter.
Waypoint 3
Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir
 Elevation: 9400  Feature: Lake
Notes: It is part of the Salt Lake watershed, meaning no dogs allowed. The service road used to build the reservoir is long gone.


Destination
South Thunder
 Elevation: 11154  Feature: Peak
Notes: It is well guarded, so any route will be somewhat difficult. See Bells Canyon, Hogum Gulch and Lake Hardy from its summit.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.532534    Longitude: -111.734904 

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