We love to hike as a family and unfortunately we didn’t get much hiking in this year. We did make it to Lisa Falls, a hike we have done several times before and love. The hike is super easy and great for small kids. We have 4 girls (and one extra sometimes) and with our smallest being only 3, who is a bit motor delayed, small easy hikes are best. Thankfully there are several in our beautiful Wasatch Mountains, which are only a few minutes away. I love living here in Northern Utah and particularly were we live in Northern Utah, whenever we want to go to the mountains, they are only 10 minutes away. Their beauty and majesty is something I love to see every day. The cottonwood canyons are among my favorite recreation places.
Well, we finally had an available Saturday where the whole family had a few hours to spend together. A rare golden moment, so we took advantage of it. Lisa Falls is only about a 15 minute drive from I-15. Ash from Dirtinmyshoes.com also gives a great description of this hike and the directions. Basically from 9000 South off I-15 you drive East until you get to Little Cottonwood Canyon, then find mile marker 6, Lisa Falls parking lot is just after miles marker 6 on your left.
The hike to the falls only takes 15 minutes, and is not very steep. However, there are several rocks to maneuver around. Once you get to the falls you can hike up the falls, play on boulders, or play in the river. The water is cool, and only ankle deep. My kids loved finding interesting rocks in the river and seeing how big a splash the rock would make when tossed back in the river. We spent a good few hours playing while up there having good family time.
A fun story about Little Cottonwood Canyon, where Lisa Falls is. Little Cottonwood Canyons, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range, is where the early settlers of the Salt Lake Valley quarried granite for the Salt Lake Temple. An article from the Mormonnewsroom said “Workers painstakingly chiseled out of the canyon walls huge granite blocks that weighed from 2,500 to 5,600 pounds each and carefully transported them to Temple Square, first by ox-drawn wagon and later by railroad. There, expert stone cutters carved the blocks to fit perfectly into place.” Another article written by Richard, from SaltLakeMormonTemple.com says “Transporting granite to the temple site was done using teams of oxen, a four-day round trip, which proved to be a real challenge for the workers. The arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 solved the transportation problem, which significantly sped up the construction work. In 1855, the entire foundation was completed.” It took 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple, that now stand as a fortress to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). At Lisa Falls, you can see leftover granite boulders from the pioneer era. People now boulder on the them, and practice their rock climbing skills. Lisa Falls is quite the place to see, very peaceful and majestic.