Cascade Springs

Easy hike for grandparents seeking the bounty of the Wasatch Back's fall leaves and kiddos taking their first walk on the wild side.

Distance: 0.5 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 200 feet

Time: 15 minutes to a half hour

Trail: Paved and dirt pathways. Mostly singletrack. Part of the fun is the drive through Heber City and the deciduous forest. It's beautiful in the summer, but we also recommend going this fall.

Who you'll see: Lots of moms, dads and children. Happy time to traverse the boardwalks and trails that line the seemingly endless aspen forest's edge in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos.

How to get there: Highway 189 southeast from Heber City toward Provo. Right on Highway 92 and follow that into the Cascade Springs parking lot.

Notable: This is hiking country. Perhaps start with this and work your way through the Uintas this summer.

Eco-conscious: Plenty of trash cans in the parking lot, but plenty of trash (dirty diapers, yech) lines the edge of the forest. Good time to teach the kids a thing or two about giving a hoot.

Best time of year to go: Summer or fall.