The Grotto is an approximately 2.3 mile moderate to hard level hike that will lead you to a hidden grotto in the east mountainside of Hornet Canyon. This grotto will make you feel like you’ve entered another world and offers a great place to cool down from the hot summer sun.
This trail starts in the same parking lot as Davis Creek Trail and Triumph Trail. Just across the street, you’ll see a metal gate and fence and this is where your adventure will begin! Follow along this dirt trail (which is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail) for a little over half a mile.
Once you reach 0.6 miles, keep your eyes peeled for a set of stairs and a trail sign for Steed Creek Trail. This can be hard to miss, but you will want to head up the stairs and follow along this trail. After the stairs, you’ll soon come to a fork in the trail. Both options will lead you to the Grotto, but the path to the right will offer more shade, is shorter, and not quite as steep as the left. You’ll then cross a small plank bridge and then come to another fork in the trail. This time, there is a trail marker that will clearly direct you to the left.
At this point, the trail becomes very narrow and can be steep at times. Ropes have been placed along this part of the trail for extra stability. Before you know it, you’ll reach the Grotto! This beautiful area features mossy rocks, a small pool of water deep enough to sit in, and a waterfall. The water levels will be low in late summer and fall, but you’ll still be able to cool off and enjoy this beautiful area.
Since a large portion of this trail is on a narrow ledge, we do not recommend bringing young children along. We suggest wearing shoes that can get wet so you can fully enjoy the grotto! While on this trail, we recommend following the map provided on AllTrails. You can view more photos of The Grotto tail here. Bloggers Trail Trekker and Girl on a Hike both have great posts about this trail that can be a great resource.
While visiting this trail, remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. Maintain social distancing, stay home if you are sick, keep dogs on a leash and pickup after them, and “pack it in- pack out”.