The Stewart Falls Hike is one of my favorite family friendly day hikes in northern Utah. It’s a great option for hikers of all ages and abilities. The hiking trail begins at Aspen Grove Trail Head, gently winds through beautiful mountain scenery, and ends at one of Utah’s best waterfalls.
The best months to hike to Stewart Falls are May to October. You’ll see wildflowers in Spring and Summer, and gorgeous foliage in the Fall. Give yourself at least 2 hours to hike in and out (not counting any time you may want to spend at the waterfalls.)
The Stewart Falls hike is about 4 miles round-trip, but it’s not an intensive hike full of crazy ups and downs. We’ve even done it in flip-flops a couple times! (I’m not recommending you wear flip-flops, I’m just saying it can be done if you forget to bring hiking shoes.) Take your time and enjoy all the amazing views to be seen along the trail.
The view of Stewart Falls is a great reward at the end! This two-tiered waterfall is one of Utah’s most beautiful waterfalls. It’s more than 200 feet tall. The water is icy cold, but feels really good to splash in on a hot summer day. My family likes to hang out at the base of the falls and wade in the river (the water is just a few inches deep whenever we’ve been out there.)
Most of the Stewart Falls trail is hard-packed dirt, but there are a couple rockier areas. Kids can do this trail, but parents should be aware that a portion of the trail (towards the end) is rocky with a steep drop off on one side. You’ll want to supervise kids to keep them safely on the trail.
The Stewart Falls Hike is a popular hike, so expect to see people on the trail – especially if you are hiking on a Saturday. It’s fun to pack a picnic to enjoy once you get to the waterfalls. There’s plenty of places to sit along the river.
Minimal Hiking Essentials Pack List:
How to Get To The Aspen Grove Trail Head From Sundance Resort: The Aspen Grove parking area is located on the left hand side of Alpine Scenic Loop Road, past the Sundance Resort. You will need to pay a $6 fee to park here. The Aspen Grove Trail Head is well-marked and can easily be found from the parking area. This trail is pet-friendly.
Note: There are shorter routes to Stewart Falls via the Sundance Resort. However, it’s my opinion that the hike from the Aspen Grove Trail Head is so much fun, it’s worth the extra effort.
For another Family Friendly Utah Hiking Trail option, check out the Grotto Falls Hike in Payson, Utah.