2. Stewart Falls
Champagne powder fills Cascade Cirque above chic Sundance all winter, but it eventually melts and gushes over Stewart Falls. Indeed, this 200-foot double plunger is Sundance’s local landmark in the warmer months. While you can glimpse the falls from town, do yourself a favor and hike there to admire them up close. You’ll trek a couple of miles through aspen groves to the waterfall base, where a cooling mist and dazzling views await (morning is best for viewing). Come in early summer for high water, avoid weekends when this crowd pleaser is packed and don’t forget to dash through the secret passage behind the frothy falls.
GPS Coordinates: 40.386199, -111.604447
3. Timpanogos Falls
If you want a double dose of falls and the solitude with which to really soak them in, start from the same trailhead as Stewart Falls and hike a mile up a paved trail to Timpanogos Falls. This slide waterfall, which tumbles and crashes down rock chutes, sits below rugged Mount Timpanogos, the 11,749-foot high point of Utah County. Stay on the trail another quarter mile to reach the upper falls.
Visit in late July and early August to enjoy the added bonus of one of the state’s best wildflower displays. Lupines, paintbrush, bluebells, alpine buttercups, columbines and elephant’s head supply a riot of pleasing color.
GPS Coordinates: 40.403779, -111.621253
4. Scout Falls
Utah County’s lush alpine hideaway is Scout Falls, a glorious twin waterfall plummeting off a dark cliff blanketed with a hanging garden of moss and wildflowers. The falls, fed by snowmelt from Timpanogos Basin above, thunders with nature’s wild roar.
To get there, hikers follow Timpooneke Trail, one of two routes up towering Mount Timpanogos, for 1.25 miles to the waterfall. Come in July and August for a stunning wildflower display and watch for moose and elk grazing in aspen-fringed meadows along the trail.
GPS Coordinates: 40.417168, -111.639758