Mount Timpanogos has, for most of this century, been the most popular mountain climbing destination in Utah. The majestic mountain, second highest in the Wasatch Mountains, seems to have everything-an alpine lake just below the summit, a small glacier, waterfalls along the trail, high alpine meadows and wildflowers, even a herd of about 200 mountain goats that were introduced in 1981.
Until 1970 Timpanogos was the object of an annual summer event in Provo called the “Timp Hike”, which prompted many thousands of outdoorsmen to climb the well known mountain. The celebrated Timp Hike was grudgingly discontinued in 1970, after 59 years, when an estimated 3,500 people reached the summit in a single day. The pressure of so many hikers on the fragile alpine ecosystem proved to be an unmitigated environmental disaster, and many Forest Service officials feared that the mountain might never recover. Fortunately Mount Timpanogos did recover, and in 1984, to insure against future misuse, it was designated by Congress as the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area.
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