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An Evening Well Spent – Cascade Springs

Fall colours at Cascade Springs in Alpine Loop Scenic Drive, Utah

Cascade Springs is a beautiful place and perfect for a Fall evening. Cascade Springs is located in the American fork(AF) Canyon which is about 8 -10 miles from our home. Timpanogos mountains are really massive in structure and they do have lot of trails for hiking.

Directions –

There are multiple ways to come here. We entered through the American Fork canyon entrance. To enter the Canyon you will need to pay a fees at the start, however we have a National Park pass which works fine too. Driving through the canyon is difficult as the roads are too narrow for two vehicles to comfortably pass each other. Longer vehicles are not generally allowed here as some sections are very steep and narrow. Praveen hates to drive in these extremely narrow roads. As we were driving, there is a small deviation – one road leads to Cascade Springs (small easy-to-miss board sign) and if you miss this deviation you will be driving to Provo Sundance. We came here during Fall season to see the beautiful Fall colors.

Maple Leaf
Narrow Roads
Alpine loop Scenic byway

As we usually keep chatting, we missed the turn to Cascade Springs. I recognized pretty soon that we have missed the road, however we went a little further as we needed to take a U-turn to go back. None of the photos would match the abundant and beauty of the view we got to see with our own eyes.

Bright yellow leaves
So beautiful

From the summit of the narrow Alpine Loop scenic drive, a relatively wide side road sweeps down a forested ridge descending 1,500 feet to Cascade Springs – a large, dispersed water source with several streams that pour down a hillside. The road then becomes unpaved and continues to Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Cascade Springs –

There are two parking lots for Cascade springs – Upper and lower parking. Upper parking lot is a little far from the trailhead to cascade springs. Already we were running out of time and we didn’t want to hike the long distance from upper parking to the springs. We went further towards the lower parking.

Quickly we took our cameras and started the small little hike. There are three 15 minutes loops that surround the springs major flow areas and it is completely paved with boardwalks so it’s pretty easy walk instead of a hike. So if you are interested in seeing the entire area allow approximately 45 min to complete.

View from the farthest spot
Cute little bridge for crossing

Trail leading to the top loop
Lowest spring view from the third loop

Quick Notes-

  • Total time required to hike comfortably: 1 hour
  • Total distance: ~ 1 mile RT
  • Dogs: On leash but I did see few dogs off leash too
  • Kid friendly: yes
  • Best time: Fall season – Open year round
  • Washrooms: Available
  • Timings: Dawn to Dusk
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes, for some trails only

Thank for visiting! If you have any questions / suggestions / feedback you can comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear back from you.

Have a nice day!



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