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Mt. Timpanogos on the Timpanokee trail

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Highlights:

More wild flowers than you have ever seen
Near:American Fork, UT
Scenery:
Distance:12.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:4652 ft
Hike Time:7.5 hours
Difficulty:Moderate
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: Everyone who hikes in Utah at sometime or another has to hike Mt Timpanogos . Timp as she is affectionately known as, is the second highest peak in the Wasatch, but is by far the most hiked mountain in Utah. Towering 11,750 feet above Provo Utah her majestic peaks beg the students from BYU and the general population alike to come climb her. Timp is a huge Mountain and can easily accommodate the hundreds of people who hike her trails each summer. On our trip to the top we took the Timpooneke Trail, There is another trail from the south that is equally well traveled. The hike to the summit is not a difficult one though at 12.4 miles round trip, it took us about 11 hours Along the trail you will experience Mother natures beauty, more wild flowers than you could ever imagine moose, mountain goats, and birds. From the top stretching down to emerald lake you will find the southern most glacier in the US. But from the peak you will experience. A view you will never forget.
Trailhead: From I-15 take the Alpine Highland exit. Then follow SR-92 to the mouth of American Fork canyon It will cost you 3-4 dollars to enter the Canyon. From the mouth of American Fork Canyon, go 8.4 miles along the Alpine Loop road and turn right to the Timpooneke Campground. Go a short distance past the campground host trailer to a parking lot on the left and the Timpooneke Trailhead (Lat:40.43124 Lon:-111.63921)
Trail Guides for Mt. Timpanogos on the Timpanokee trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: 125 South State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84138 (801) 236-3400
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted  26 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 4   Submit your own review
Reviewed by DNS on 9/12/2013
Just climb it yesterday, this was our first hike in years, and truly was one of the best hikes I've ever been on. If you are in decent shape you can make the climb in 6 hrs round trip plus rest and relaxation time. We did it in 7 hrs total. Also, it was cool and windy at the top and I was glad we had packet warm wind breakers for the last .50 mile climb.

Reviewed by RJS on 8/5/2013
I just did this hike for the first time. We started at the Timpanooke trailhead went to the summit and came down the Aspen Grove side. For the casual hiker like me, you should know that that Aspen Grove trail is much harder, steeper, and rockier. I'm glad I did the whole thing once, but next time I will stick to the Timpanooke (American Fork) side round trip. Scenery was breathtaking.

Reviewed by BG on 7/3/2012
Just went on it for the first time... LOVED IT!! Some words of advice: To overcome the altitude change and avoid headaches and getting sick, bring lots of water, lots of snacks to munch on the whole way up, bring exederen or ibuprofen for pain. Bring plenty of bug spray, sunscreen, baby wipes/tissues, band-aids... believe me, it helps a TON. If you aren't a hiker, you can do it!! The view at the top is worth the sore legs and bug bites. Bring a sharpie to sign your name on the shack!!! It's totally worth it!!!

Reviewed by EK on 7/30/2011
Just did an overnight backpacking trip, stopping to camp a little ways before getting to the the big alpine meadows, because of a late start. This year, I think because of the wet winter & spring (and still summer!) we had, there are snowfields covering 4 big parts of the trail, and a few other smaller areas, which slowed us down a lot. If you go in the next couple weeks, some trekking poles would be a really good idea. I think you can check w/ the rangers in the area to get reports of how snow melt is doing. Overall, beautiful hike, there were still lots of wildflowers & we want to go again when there's not as much snow.

Reviewed by CB on 9/27/2010
I agree with many people whom believe this is one of the most beautiful hikes in Utah, if not the most beautiful. When I first hiked Timpanogos, I heard people talk about a glacier, so naturally I was excited to see it and glissade it. When we finally reached Emerald Lake, I realized that it is not a glacier, but really a snowfield that usually remains intact year round. Maybe in several years this could become a glacier, but it is not currently. However, that has not taken away from the enjoyment of glissading down to Emerald Lake after making the summit.

Reviewed by BW on 9/18/2009
This is an awesome hike! Beautiful and challenging but not to demanding. SUGGESTION: Do not hike in the late afternoon if it is even cloudy - I did this today with my husband and a huge thunderstorm rolled in very quickly. Since we were at the summit at this point we literally RAN over three miles down the mountain through hail, rain, thunder and tons of lightening, to find any type of shelter.

Reviewed by EB on 9/16/2009
I loved it! Breathtaking! I slid down the snow above Emerald Lake, which was worth it. It is not too fast. HOWEVER, I lost my camera somewhere between the snow and the lake on the east side. If you go up and you find my Olympus camera I will pay you $40 to return it to me. So, go on the hike and make some money! :) 801-706-1910

Reviewed by LC on 9/7/2009
Camped overnight at Emerald Lake. I hiked from the Timpooneke trail and wanted to stay overnight and then finish to the summit. It would be MUCH easier to start from the Aspen Grove side if you are going to over night at Emerald Lake. You add an additional 1.5 miles each way if you go to the lake from the Timpooneke side via Emerald lake. And then you'd have to carry all your gear (tent, stove, etc.) all the way to the top unless you want to hike back down to the lake and add another 2-3 miles. I learned my lesson. You could stay the night on the Timpooneke trail side in the high meadow but you'll have to take more water or not plan on cooking with water.


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