About Lisa Falls
Lisa Falls was a waterfall that seemed to have more to it than what was revealed to us while driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Indeed, it seemed like the accessible part of the falls was merely a teaser to its overall features.
I sensed that such hidden qualities of the falls would only be revealed to people prepared with technical gear to climb its adjacent granite-like cliff face.
It was either that or somehow being able to climb to a higher vantage point on the opposite side of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
As you can see from the photo above, we only managed to get a look at just a couple of tiers spilling somewhat sideways from our view.
In fact, this waterfall had more of a local feel to it because its trail was unsigned and probably could be easily missed without any prior research or knowledge of this place.
That said, Lisa Falls was one of the shorter waterfall excursions that I did while touring the Salt Lake City area on Memorial Day Weekend in 2017.
Its short trail length also made it pretty friendly for some kids as well as the odd well-dressed individuals to take time out of their day to recharge here.
Experiencing Lisa Falls
From the unsigned trailhead (see directions below), I followed a somewhat obvious path through the vegetation as it climbed towards some creek overflow that ultimately came from Lisa Falls.
After barely a quarter-mile or less, I then started to see the falls to my left.
So I crossed the stream towards the pile of boulders strewn about the base of the waterfall at a clearing in the vegetation.
It was here that I managed to get right up to the falls as well as look back across Little Cottonwood Canyon towards the impressive peaks on the other side.
In addition to the people that I shared the falls with, there were also big squirrels moving about probably looking for scraps of human food.
In less than 45 minutes, I was back at the car, and a good chunk of time was spent taking pictures and just soaking in the atmosphere of the falls.
Therefore, I’d imagine one could easily spend even less time here than I did.
Lisa Falls resides in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
To reach Lisa Falls from downtown Salt Lake City, we went west towards one of the on-ramps for the I-15 heading south.
We then drove on the I-15 South for roughly 3 miles before taking the I-80 East.
Next, we continued east on the I-80 for roughly 5 miles before keeping right to go south on the I-215 South.
After roughly another 5.5 miles or so on the I-215 South (Belt Route), we then took exit 6 for 6200 South, then kept left to continue east on UT190.
We then continued driving south on the UT190 for about 1.7 miles before keeping straight at the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, which now put us on the UT210 (Wasatch Blvd).
Next, we continued following Wasatch Blvd for the next 2.2 miles before keeping left at the fork to remain on the UT210 (Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd).
After about 4.3 miles from the fork along Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd, we saw that there were large pullouts on both the right side of the road as well as a smaller one on the left side of the road.
We pulled over onto the left side of the road as that was where the short Lisa Falls Trail began.
Overall, this drive would take on the order of a little over 30 minutes or so.
To give you some overall context, Salt Lake City was about 302 miles (over 4 hours drive) north of St George, 234 miles (over 3.5 hours drive) northwest of Moab, 215 miles (3 hours drive) south of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 421 miles (over 5.5 hours drive) north of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 688 miles (over 9.5 hours drive) north of Los Angeles, California.
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