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Cascade Springs

Address
Alpine Loop (Hwy 92)
Uinta National Forest, Utah
Information
801-785-3563
Type
Adventure
Season
May to October

Cascade Springs is a beautiful destination north of the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Area. Seven million gallons of water a day flow down a series of limestone terraces and pools among lush vegetation. The short half-mile nature trail wraps around the natural springs and streams with bridges, boardwalks, and paved pathways. Crystal clear waters make it easy to spot trout that inhabit the pools. Signs along the pathways explain the geology of this small natural wonder. This is an enjoyable destination for families and hikers of all ages. Ample parking is available and public vault restrooms are onsite.

The springs are located within the Uinta National Forest in the Wasatch Range and a day-use fee is required when visiting or stopping at the springs. The route to the springs is very attractive during the spring, summer, or fall. This drive meanders through a mostly deciduous forest area and accesses the popular Alpine Loop Scenic Backway, which loops back to Heber City through Provo Canyon. The paved access road S.R. 92 to Cascade Springs is generally open between May to late-October and is closed during the winter months. Road closure information is available here: UDOT.  For more information about Cascade Springs or the Alpine Loop Scenic Backway, contact the Pleasant Grove Ranger District at 801-785-3563. For maps and directions, visit this site: http://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/cascadesprings.html

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WALKING DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy 

DISTANCE: Round trip hiking distance from the main parking area through all loops is approximately 0.8 miles.

AVERAGE HIKE TIME: The loop takes about 30 minutes to wander through and return. Additional time can be expected to stop and read the signs along the path.

TRAIL USERS: Hikers (handicap accessible) and dogs (on a leash)

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE: The best time to see wildflowers is June through September. The fall leaves are also magnificent in this area and along the drive to the springs. The road is closed during the winter season.

COST: A minimal day-use fee is charged by the National Forest Service to stop along the Alpine Loop Scenic Backway. Please plan for exact cash as some pay stations are self-serve and change is not provided. Annual passes must be prominently displayed when stopping or parking at any time. The fee includes use of area facilities, including access to Cascade Springs.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Paved with boardwalks. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

SUN EXPOSURE: A few trees provide shade but expect to be in full sun the majority of the hike.

WATER: Yes, but do not get into the natural springs as this is a protected area. No people or dogs are allowed in the water. No potable water available onsite, so plan to bring your own drinking water.

RESTROOMS: Yes, vault restrooms are available at the beginning of the trailhead.

Type
Adventure
Season
May to October
Facilities
Modern Restrooms
Additional Details

>> LOCATION & DIRECTIONS <<

Directions: There are three routes to access Cascade Springs.

  • From Heber City, about 12 miles: From the junction of State Routes 40/189 and 113 in Heber, travel west about three miles to Midway and turn left (south) staying on S.R. 113. After about two miles, turn right to access the Wasatch Mountain State Park. Drive southwest through the State Park about five miles until you come to the boundary of the Uinta National Forest. The Cascade Springs trailhead access road is just beyond that.
  • From Provo/Orem (State Route 189), about 20 miles: From Provo or Orem, drive east on State Route 189 up Provo Canyon and turn left onto State Route 92 (the South Fork road) towards Sundance Resort about three miles then turn right onto the Cascade Springs Scenic Drive and continue for another five miles to the trailhead. A nominal fee is required to continue up S.R. 92 and access the springs.
  • From Interstate 15, about 20 miles: Take Exit 284 in the Highland/Lehi area and travel east on State Route 92 to American Fork Canyon, where you’ll pay a minimal fee. Drive up the canyon past Timpanogos Cave National Monument and turn right at the South Fork junction. About five miles from the junction turn left onto the Cascade Springs Scenic Drive and continue for another five miles to the trailhead.

Customizable Directions

Basic Directions

1. Take US Hwy Highway 189 southwest from Heber City toward Provo
2. Turn right onto Utah Hwy 92 at the Sundance turnoff

Alpine Loop
Uinta National Forest, UT