100 Hikes in Utah
by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)
© Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
We headed out at 10:05 PM with light rain falling and 40lb packs. Myself, my son, and bandit our dog. I would not recommend this since the Timponeke trail is beautiful and we missed most of it. We went until we felt like we would die without rest and set our tents. The next morning we awoke to the most awesome view and found we were only 100 ft from the basin our goal. We headed up into the basin at some point the clouds broke to reveal our goal the summit. There were alot of people on the trail some headed down most headed up. On the way to the saddle we got hit with a little bit of hail. When we arrived at the saddle the other people were running for some shelter behind the rocky ridge as a fast and hard hail storm hit us with lightning and high winds. Everyone else took off back down the mountain and as people were coming off the peak they were reporting lightning striking all around them. We decided to wait out the lightning and then press on to the peak. There was no one else all the way to the summit. The trail was a little bit scary since the hail had accumulated about 2 inches and the wind was blowing up the peak at about 70 MPH and the hail was still coming down. When we got to the peak we found a man and his son (Ryan) 6 yrs old freezing from the wind and hail. We had 2 military sleep systems so we were able to give them som sleeping bags and we all waited another hour or so until the hail quit. while we waited 7 others made it to the summit. The view from the summit made it worth it and I got to meet a real sport (Ryan) who was not crying or complaining at all and set the pace for our decsent back to the basin. Me and my son and bandit headed down the trail to aspen grove past beautiful mountain peaks, emerald lake, waterfalls (to many to count) and alpine meadows. By the time we made it to aspen grove it was 5:30 pm and we were sore and tired and filled with a story that will be told for years to come.
When we hiked up, we saw the whole world. We saw the mountains with their colorful leaves, and we saw the sun coming up in the valley, and the snow was heading our way. We almost reached the saddle, but were stopped by the wind and snow. It was a very nice trail, and lots of pretty rocks. We even found some shell fossils.
Although my Dad made me get up at 6:00 am to hike this trail, I feel it was worth it. We will try again soon to make the summit "becasue it is there!".
Meikina (age 10)
This is a great trail that usually doesn't require any technical skills. The hike is on the back side of the mountain where you weave up from one plateau to another, each with fields, meadows, trees and/or swamps and small lakes. After many hours of hiking and seeing the top (that never seems to get closer) we were rewarded as we creasted the saddle and suddenly Utah valley was 5,000 feet below us-VERY DRAMATIC. Before the saddle we had to cross several snow fields that required careful walking. If we went earlier in the year we may have needed some equipment to be safe. The final push to the top required a 30 to 40 minute climb from the saddle up a 700 foot pile of rocks. Descending off the peak was the most hazardous but we saw some mountain goats hanging out. We saw several moose and deer. Time: 10 hours round trip, and we were in average shape. I spoke to some other people who hike a lot and they can get to the top in under 4 hours - one guy ran to the top in 2 hours while we were there. There are two trails that meet at the top meadow. One is described on this site and the other is out of American Fork canyon at the camp ground. I prefer the Timpanogos camp ground path (a little longer but not as steep). My 13 year old son also completed the trek .... worth the effort.....
I hold the record for summits of Timp: 350. A few corrections to the guide follow. The Timpooneke Trail is 7.38 miles one way, measured using differentially corrected GPS (surveyor GPS). The SAR team that patrols the mountain on weekends (TERT) shuts down after Labor Day, not November (!?). Cheers. Have fun. Don't pet the goats--they hate it. Phil Lowry
The Timpanogos Trail is very well and heavily traveled. The hikers leave at anytime of the day including late in the evening to be at the summit for sunrise. The trail is well established with only a couple of areas that may cause confusion. But if you are not sure of the path experienced hikers will come along for assistance. If experienced hikers are not available, there is a well established Search and Rescue team that is on the trail every weekend unitl early November. The scenery from the Aspen Grove side is very colorful wuth 2 waterfalls and beautiful Alps like areas. If you want to camp there are meadows on the top that make plaeast sleeping conditions. There are 2 areas that provide alpine lakes so you may camp by others or you can get away from the crowd. There are ample springs for water so you do not need to bring extra water with you. The only drawback being that since it is a wilderness area fires are not allowed. This may be the closest wilderness area available to an urban development. The drive to the trailhead is only 40 minutes. I would recommend this backpacking trip for scout age groups.
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