This short walk through Cascade Springs is only half a mile, but its scenic beauty and improved trails make it enjoyable for families and hikers of all ages.
The trails wrap around the natural springs with bridges, boardwalks, and paved pathways. Crystal clear waters make it easy to spot trout that inhabit these pools. Signs along the pathways explain the geology of this small natural wonder.
Cascade Springs is part of the Uinta National Forest Wildflower view area. For maps and directions, visit this site: https://www.fs.fed.us/
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
LENGTH: 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
TRAIL USERS: Hikers (handicap accessible) and dogs (on a leash)
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE: Closed for the winter, the best time to see wildflowers is advertised to be June through September, the fall leaves are also magnificent in this area
COST: A $6 3-day recreation pass fee is charged to drive the Alpine Loop. The fee includes use of facilities in the area, including Cascade Springs. A $12 7-day pass and $45 annual passes are also available.
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Paved or boardwalk, stroller and wheelchair accessible for the most part
SUN EXPOSURE: A few trees provide shade but expect to be in full sun the majority of the hike
WATER: Yes, but don't let dogs or children jump into the springs!
WATCH FOR: Benches and bridges from which fish can often been seen. Some trails are handicap-accessible. Interpretive signs add to the experience. Beware of stinging nettle!
To visit Cascade Springs from Midway, take Cascade Springs Drive, past Soldier Hollow.
Or take US Hwy 189 southwest of Heber to the Sundance turnoff, State Route 92. Follow this road to the turnoff for Cascade Springs.
For an enjoyable day outing, take State Route 92 to the springs and return to Heber Valley via Cascade Springs Drive. A parking area and restrooms are available at the trailhead.