Big Springs Trail is an easy hike for the whole family. It’s not really a “spring” to check out, it’s just a closed off and well-fed spring now. You can keep hiking all the way up the trail, and it eventually connects with the Cascade Ridge. Most people hike up about 2-3 miles then turn around, to get the best views. This hike is best in Spring when the fields are green and vibrant, and the stream is rushing from the snow melt.
Big Springs Park is located near the top of the South Fork Canyon Road. From SLC, drive south on I-15 and take exit 272 for Orem, and head East (left). Follow this until you see the split for Sundance & Provo Canyon, and veer left. From the mouth of Provo Canyon, continue east to Vivian Park (about 8 miles). Turn right onto South Fork Road and drive 3 miles. Drive past Vivian Park, past Giles Ranch, past South Fork Park, and past the Conrad Homestead, and turn right into Big Springs Park. There are two parking areas – an upper and lower. The lower is the one you see immediately (see photo below), This is where we parked, but had to walk up the road to the actual TH. If parking is available, continue past the first gate and up to the upper parking area. The TH starts on the west side of this parking lot.
Distance: 4 miles round trip + more if you want to explore
Elevation gain: 500 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes. There is a sign that says dogs must be leashed, but everyone we passed had theirs off leash (they should be under voice command however.
Kid friendly? Yes.
Here is the entrance to Big Springs Park. This is the lower parking lot. You can park here then walk up to the TH, or if the gate is open or the upper lot is empty, you can park up further.
This is the actual start of the trail. Apparently, camping in the park is an issue! Lol!
You’ll immediately cross a bridge and see the Big Springs Hollow TH. Bonnie dog is ready to run!
You’ll hike through a forested area of Alpine trees then come to the first of many meadows. Off and on, the trail seems to be an old jeep road then a single track trail.
At the first split, we went left. However, going right would take you to the same place, which is along the dirt road.
Here is the next split, We went left again. The dogs were pretty happy!
For a 3rd time, we came to another split, and again went left. This is how we created our loop. As you hike, you’ll see lots of other trails going in all directions. You can make this hike as long or short as you are up for.
We came to another beautiful meadow with views of Cascade Mountain and the Cascade ridge in the distance, already covered in Snow.
I definitely preferred hiking here in June when everything was really green and blooming.
While the temperatures were chilly to start (55F), it quickly warmed up and I was back to just a t-shirt.
Still quite a bit of snow on Cascade Mountain!
We hiked up about 3/4 mile past Big Springs, then ran out of time for the day to continue hiking.
“Big Springs” isn’t what I had imagined…just a stopped well from the looks of it.
Another picture of “Big Springs” – pretty disappointing, especially for the dogs to not have water access.
Although Big Springs itself is disappointing, the trail has amazing views.
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