Mount Timpanogos Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Distance13.1mi
Elevation Gain6,641ft
Trailhead Elevation7,356ft
Top11,694ft
Elevation Min/Max7356/11694ft
Elevation Start/End7356/7356ft

Mount Timpanogos Trail

Mount Timpanogos Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Utah County, Utah. It is within Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 13.1 miles long and begins at 7,356 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,641 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Emerald Lake Shelter can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Salamander Flat Trail 150 and Timpooneke-Cris Flat 151.

Mount Timpanogos Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Timpanogos (pronounced Timp-an-oh-gus) looms large, dominating the eastern skyline of Utah Valley. At the base of the final ridge the Timpanooke Trail joins in from the right (north), then the trail rises sharply to a saddle at the lowest point in the ridgeline. As you top the ridge at the saddle you’re greeted with a fantastic view of Utah County. Watch for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep near the saddle—this area is one of their favorites.

The trail crosses over to the face of the mountain, traversing a narrow worn path across slate-covered slopes below. The trail then beelines for a large rock outcrop ahead and climbs right up its face on a series of steps. The last 0.25 mile follows just below the ridgeline to the metal shelter at the peak. At the summit a cool wind and views in every direction await you."

"Although it is only the second-highest peak in the Wasatch Range, Mount Timp, as it is often affectionately called, is the favorite peak of many native Utahns. To encourage his students to be physically active, Eugene Roberts, an athletics coach at Brigham Young University, started an annual summit event called the Mount Timpanogos Hike in 1912."

"Mount Timpanogos can be a very intimidating place to backcountry ski or snowboard, and each summit is a serious endeavor to reach no matter the season. While the main summit of “Timp” is the choice destination for summer hiking, this exposed peak offers little for good backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The nearby South Summit, however, is the jumping-off point for some of the most epic ski descents in all of Utah, including the famed East Ridge and the nearly 5000-vertical-foot West Face. But if you want to ski a peak that doesn’t require too much mountaineering skill, head up Roberts Horn. It’s lower than the upper summits and can easily be skied as a day tour from the Quonset hut at Emerald Lake."

"Timpanogos South Summit has amazing corn skiing, and is best accessed via Primrose Cirque above Aspen Grove. The East Ridge is also reached from here.

Although the lofty summit is an all-day challenge, less ambitious recreationists can revel in the unmatched beauty of the Aspen Grove area on shorter outings. Utah’s mightiest massif offers skiing for all levels, but avalanche danger can be extreme."

"Frequent avalanches maintain the habitats in this canyon, a complex of montane forests at various successional stages. Along this short 1.5-mile-long trail you’ll encounter aspens, mountain maples, Gambel oak, a noisy mountain stream, and scattered spruce and fir.

Specialty birds: White-throated Swift; Olive-sided, Hammond’s, and Dusky Flycatchers; American Dipper; Townsend’s Solitaire; Greentailed Towhee; Lazuli Bunting. Other key birds: Calliope (July to August), Broad-tailed, and Rufous (July to August) Hummingbirds; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Warbling Vireo; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hairy Woodpecker; Violet-green Swallow; Steller’s Jay; Mountain Chickadee; House Wren; Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Hermit Thrush; Orange-crowned, Virginia’s, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak; Cassin’s Finch. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

"From Timpooneke Trailhead we set off for a long day hike in the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness. In June the flowers and aspen trees at the middle elevations were in their prime, but Mount Timpanogos’ snowy head was still releasing avalanches.

Far below were the aquamarine swimming pools of the well-to-do. We were in the wilderness, but right next door to a mountain community and Robert Redford’s Sundance ski resort. This trail guide includes descriptions of Aspen Grove to Timpanogos Summit."

"The Timpanogos massif dominates the skyline of Utah County. At 11,749 feet, this majestic peak is the second highest in the Wasatch (just below Mount Nebo to the south, at 11,928 feet).

But looking at the steep, barren, western slope of Mount Timpanogos, it’s hard to imagine the spectacular beauty to be found on the expansive, wooded eastern slopes, where trails lead past glistening lakes, flowered meadows, cascading waterfalls, and on to the summit."

"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."

Mount Timpanogos Trail Reviews

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7/17/2018
So breathtaking! We began the trail around noon and got back to the car at 9pm. Mellow incline until the very end, but nothing very difficult - the length is what might be challenging. Wildflowers are still blooming and we spotted some sweet goats along the way. Awesome!
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8/15/2009
Started at 6:00 am from the Timpooneke Trailhead. No place to park, so had to park down the road a ways. Got a 35.00 parking ticket. Hike was fantastic, it took us about 8:30 hrs round trip. Had to fill up with filtered water on the way down. used 120 ozs water on this trip, temps were in the 70's-low 80's. I am really excited to do this hike again. There were a bunch of people on the trail, that would be my only complaint, and the reason why I give it 4 instead of 5 stars.
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8/15/2009
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.
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9/29/2007
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)
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6/28/2007
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.....
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8/2/2006
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
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8/1/2006
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...
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10/22/2005
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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9/24/2005
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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7/8/2005
Snow still on the trail, stopping hikers at the cirque, about 3 miles up (can't get to Emerald Lake yet!). Wildflowers beginning to fill the mountainside, however - glorious colors. Big snow season led to spectacular waterfall & very full rushing stream. A beautiful hike, regardless of the limited distance. The view down-valley is breathtaking.
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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Parks
Hiking
Additional Use
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Pleasant Grove Range District
Local Contacts
USGS Aspen Grove, Timpanogos Cave
Local Maps

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