Trail

Big Springs Hollow Trail

Provo, UT
Length: 4.34 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Take everything you ever imagined about a city park—the crowds, passing cars, cityscapes. Now throw it all out the window. True, the land in Big Springs Hollow is largely owned by the city of Provo, and the trailhead starts in the city’s Big Spring Park’s parking lot. But within less than 60 seconds, the parking lot is out of sight and suddenly you’re enveloped in a secluded mountain valley in search of the natural springs that feed the meandering creek at your side.  

Throughout the hike, quaking aspens and big tooth maple provide most of the shade, while thickets of Poplar, River Birch, and Willows cluster near the creek.

Criss-crossing the Creek:
The main trail follows the south side of this wide slope-sided valley as the creek criss-crosses the trail repeatedly. Sturdy wooden bridges span all of the major creek crossings. For the first 0.7 miles the trail makes a moderate but steady climb, finally arriving at a knoll where the terrain flattens out a bit. After a brief 0.1 mile of level trail, the slope steepens and the ascent returns. Mountain views of Cascade Peak and the backside of the Wasatch front remain ahead of you to the west for most of the hike.  

Multi-Use Trail Including Motorized Vehicles: 
The trail is designated as a non-motorized multi-use trail, with horses, mountain bikers, hikers and winter snowshoers and skiers sharing the trail. They all seem to get along pretty well under the trail’s moderate usage. Hikers still predominate in summer and snowshoers in winter. The gentle side slopes of the valley make avalanche risk negligible. There is no history or visible evidence of avalanches in the area around the trail.   

Directions to the Trail:
Big Springs Park is located near the top of South Fork Canyon Road. From the mouth of Provo Canyon, travel east up Provo Canyon Road to Vivian Park (approx. 8 miles.)  Turn right onto South Fork Road, past Vivian Park, past Giles Ranch, Past South Fork Park, and on to Big Springs Park (approx 2.5 miles.) The hike to Cascade Saddle starts at the Big Springs Park’s upper (west-most) parking lot on the north-side.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

This trail is PERFECT for children of all ages, especially toddlers and new walkers! The trail crosses over the river several times and the bridges are all child size, some we’ve nick-named Hobbit Bridge because the water underneath is small enough for a baby to sit in and play. There’s also Fairy Falls, the tiniest waterfall you ever did see. These fun areas help encourage little hikers to continue up the trail.

Trail Contributor

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I’m Joey Johnson Branch Ambassador for Utah County. I’m happily married to Jory for 21 years and Proud Mama of two, Jack who would’ve been 12 and our rainbow baby, Jiraiya Dragon who is nearly 5. We’re from Utah but have lived in Arizona for 10 years and then New Zealand before returning to our roots when Jiraiya shocked us with his arrival.

We started hiking with Hike it Baby in May 2015 when I struggled to find a playgroup that we fit in. Within two months I became a BA for SLC but after all the driving back and forth from Provo I decided it was time to create HIB Utah County. The first 6 months was mostly just me and a friend but then they started joining us! Now we have an amazing group of regulars and we continue to get new faces all the time! I’m currently hosting twice weekly “Hike and Play Nature School”, my version or Forest Preschool but leans more towards unschooling, as it simply consists of Hiking and Free Play while parents try to stay as hands off as possible.

As my son ages out of HIB, I’m hoping to guide our branch back to it’s roots with getting Mamas and Babies out while offering hikes for families with school aged kids as well.