Mount Timpanogos via Aspen Grove Trail

Orem, Utah

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A spectacular—and popular—ascent to the summit of the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range, this trek is suitable as a day hike or overnighter but most popular as a day hike. Timpanogos forms the eastern wall of Utah Valley and offers spectacular panoramas, one of the most beautiful glacial tarns in the state, and delightful approaches along sheltered cirques and exposed ridges. Mount Timpanogos, at 11,750 feet, is the most prominent mountain along the 200-mile length of the Wasatch Range. Its 7-mile crest, often said to resemble the profile of a reposing woman, rises abruptly 7,000 feet from the Utah Valley floor and provides a spectacular and—in winter—almost Himalayan backdrop to the communities of American Fork, Heber, Lehi, Midway, Pleasant Grove, and Orem. A wilderness area since 1984, the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness encompasses 10,750 acres of national forest system land.
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by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)

A spectacular—and popular—ascent to the summit of the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range, this trek is suitable as a day hike or overnighter but most popular as a day hike. Timpanogos forms the eastern wall of Utah Valley and offers spectacular panoramas, one of the most beautiful glacial tarns in the state, and delightful approaches along sheltered cirques and exposed ridges.

Mount Timpanogos, at 11,750 feet, is the most prominent mountain along the 200-mile length of the Wasatch Range. Its 7-mile crest, often said to resemble the profile of a reposing woman, rises abruptly 7,000 feet from the Utah Valley floor and provides a spectacular and—in winter—almost Himalayan backdrop to the communities of American Fork, Heber, Lehi, Midway, Pleasant Grove, and Orem. A wilderness area since 1984, the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness encompasses 10,750 acres of national forest system land.

©  Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Orem
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: One day to overnight
Season: Early summer through early winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,850 feet
Top Elevation: 11,750 feet
Local Contacts: Pleasant Grove Ranger District, Uinta National Forest, Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Aspen Grove, USGS Timpanogos Cave, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Uinta National Forest Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Timpanogos via Aspen Grove Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2006
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My 18 month old daughter and I set out to hike some of the Mt. Timpanogos trail starting out at Aspen Grove. We began on the only obvious trail from the parking lot at the trailhead, hiked 2 miles to a nice waterfall where the trail seemed to end - and we were done for the day anyways (she was on my back) - so we turned back. The hike in took about an hour and it took 30 minutes to return. It was a very nice trail. As it turned out this was NOT the Mt. Timpanogos trail, but the Stewart Falls Trail. It took a lot of digging through the web to discover that we had missed the Timp. trailhead altogether. Two days later we returned and found the ellusive Timp. trailhead, and two other hikers who had made the same mistake we did. Sign postings and trailhead markings are not the best, nor is there a lot of consistent info on the Net about what's what. The Stewart Falls trail was a good starter for us, but the Timp. trail was 100 times better, if a bit more difficult. We paced ourselves, took regular breaks and made it about 2 miles up past several wonderful roaring falls. My daughter likes to chant 'hike - hike - hike - hike' to my stride just to keep me going. As others we spoke to attested, there is a paved portion of the trail about 2 feet wide all the way to the first main waterfall. Not only does this seem to spoil the otherwise astounding beauty just a smidge, but it is also VERY hard on the knees and hips coming back down. Although we didn't get anywhere near the summit, the first two miles were, in late July, very serene with almost no encounters of other hikers, no crowds, and total solitude on our occassional breaks. The overall feeling was comparible to a Glacier National Park experience I had three years ago - but there were more people on the trails at Glacier than on Timp. For those seeking to hike Timp. I'd very highly recommend it. Just be very sure you find the correct trailhead...


10/22/2005
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Awesome! October was the perfect time to do it. It took about 7 hours (4 up and 2 1/2 with an enjoyable 1/2 hour rest at the peak). Beautiful view.



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