It’s amazing how much there is to do in such a short distance along the 20-mile stretch of Alpine Loop that travels from Provo Canyon, through Sundance, up and over and out American Fork Canyon.
And one of those pretty little things is Cascade Springs.
Each day seven million gallons of water reach the surface through the impermeable rock to form the springs. They are small in height, but grand in its natural design. It’s kind of amazing to see so much water travel down a hillside–finding any path it can to make it’s way down.
Depending on the time of year that you go, you’ll see more or less water. This was June 1 and I actually expected more water due to the heavy snow we’d had during the winter. The rivers are pretty raging, so I thought there would be more here as well. But it just seemed a little above average-ish.
There are boardwalks and paved paths where you walk over and around the springs.
You’ll see tiny little waterfalls everywhere! It seems everywhere you look there is a bit of water wanting to escape to its final destination.
Lisa, Jordan and I came here early one morning (7:30 a.m.) while camping and we had the place to ourselves. I had a little photo teaching session with Lisa, helping her learn her camera that’s the same as mine–a Fuji X-T10….which I looooove. Of course, I’m always learning how to take better photos myself too. ;)
As you walk around the boardwalks, you come to the bigger part of the ‘cascade’. It really is a pretty little area to stop and enjoy. There are a couple paths you can hike around on. The loop that just goes over the bridge (below) and then one that goes past the bridge, up and around.
Additionally, there are two parking lots. The one where the restrooms are has a short, but steeper walk down a paved path and the other one comes in from the side about level with the boardwalks and it’s a ‘tiny’ bit of a walk in.
And now this last photo wasn’t a ‘real’ photo that I took. I was explaining to Lisa about depth of field and how you could get them in one of two ways–changing your aperture to something like f/2.8 or create a ‘natural’ depth of field by standing back and zooming into your subject. My lens is a fixed 35mm f/2, so I was randomly taking this picture of the grass to show what it would do. Strangely, I loved the picture!
I loved the different dimensions of the grass being in and out of focus and how the grass was bowing over to create a natural arch. Not to mention all those shades of green! And that one blade of grass crossing the photo in the center that’s in focus? I just think that’s cool. I didn’t intentionally do any of it. It just happened. And there was no editing on this picture. The colors turned out perfect and when I look at it I feel serene. Funny how that happened. It may even be my favorite photo from that little adventure. Of course you’re always drawn to your own photos, but I look at it and just go ahhhhh….
All in all, this is just a neat place to come see. There’s not a lot to it per se, but it’s beautiful to experience. And if you’re enjoying the Alpine Loop anyway or your up camping, come take a look. You’ll have a lovely time!