Last year I found a really cool hiking book at the Farmington City Hall in Davis County, Utah. It has details on over 30 trails in Farmington, Utah (where I grew up). Even after living in Farmington for 18 years I had never hiked this trail before. So I grabbed a friend and we went on this hidden gem of a hike to “The Grotto”. Picture mossy rocks, waterfalls, butterflies and magical dripping weeping rocks. If fairies are real, they live here.
Farmington Grotto Hike (Steed Creek Trail to Hornet Canyon)
Little Mountaineers Rating: Moderate (around 3 miles round trip. This hike starts out easy along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, then as you hike along the Steed Creek Trail it becomes more steep and often very narrow.)
Since my first hike here, I have been back several times and I never see other people around. The first time I went the waterfall was flowing strong. This spring the main waterfall was barely a trickle (we’ve had a dry winter). If you go in the summer the plants can get huge and the trail will seem more overgrown.
My 4 year old hiked part of the way on her own, and I also carried her. My 8 year old hiked this on his own just fine. I would not recommend this hike for toddlers or preschoolers unless you plan on carrying them and watching them carefully around the tricky/dangerous areas. This hike is better for older kids who are familiar with hiking and being safe on the trail.
My advice when trying a new trail is go without kids the first time, then you can make a better judgement of how your kids will do. For this trail do your research and find good directions because it can be easy to take the wrong turn if you don’t know where you are going.
In the photo below I’m standing right where there is sometimes a big strong waterfall!