Cascades Springs is a magnificent trail that meanders through the Wasatch Mountains. Since it’s short and mostly flat, it’s more of a walk than a hike. Plus, there’s so much to see that you and your pup will be preoccupied with the scenery and totally forget about getting a workout.
There are two ways to get to the trailhead, and both are woofin’ amazing. If you are coming from the west, the road to Cascade Springs is right off the famous Alpine Loop, or the scenic drive through American Fork Canyon that is beloved by locals and out of towners. From the east, the drive to the trailhead passes through Wasatch State Park. Either way is gorgeous with unforgettable views.
The show stopping feature of the trail is the Cascade Springs itself. Icy cold water bubbles out of the ground from a rare geological formation and tumbles over rock shelves. The result is a fantastical combination of terraced waterfalls, pools of clear water, and a rushing stream. Mossy rocks and patches of wildflowers add to the trails puptacular wild beauty. A boardwalk crosses right over the falls, providing your pup with the chance to get an up close look at the pawsome falls. Look closely, and you’ll probably see some trout swim by.
Your pooch can choose from the lower loop, upper loop, or a combination of both. Just be sure to paws for a break at one of the benches and gaze out at the furrific scenery. During the fall, this trail lights up with bright autumn colors. While you may want to stick around for lunch, picnicking is not allowed at Cascade Springs. The trailhead has restrooms and running water. Remember to giver your pooch a long cold drink when you get back to the barking lot. It’s safe to say Cascade Springs is one trail your dog won’t fur-get!