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The hike up Lone Pk by the Jacob's Ladder route is fairly direct, steep, and efficient. I consider the Lower and Upper Bell's Canyon route BY FAR the most beautiful route, but also the longest, requires the greatest elevation gain, and is best done with overnight camping.

I hiked this on August 11, 2018 with a buddy. I think it took us about 6 hours round trip. I was not expecting the pretty intense scramble across some boulders on a ridge to get to the final steep push to the summit. I kind of lost the main trail in that ridge line but kept reconnecting with it.

The final steep scramble looks much worse from afar than it is. One you get across the ridge, just take your time and you'll be golden. The views from the summit are out of control.

This is a great hike to do if you want to get used to altitude since the summit is well over 11,000 feet. Also, if you start this hike and are not feeling like doing steep stuff that requires using your hands or you are with less experienced hikers, you can top out at Red Pine Lake. This is still a fantastic hike with beauty all around.

Have fun out there, folks!

Excellent trail! I got an early start on it last weekend (October 27) and it was still in great shape. Some icy spots due to freezing temps overnight, but largely clear all the way up to the lake. I decided to follow the trail to the right in order to come up on to the peaks from the west but there was far too much snow to safely summit without proper tools. The ascent is mostly scree and at this point, it's completely covered in snow so it's incredibly difficult to find the trail. If you plan on hiking this trail to the lake, be sure to bring poles and traction.

This is a really tough hike in the snow. We went on Sunday 10/28 and from about mile 3 onwards it was all in snow. We'd tried on Thursday and had only got as far as the meadow as the winds were so strong we couldn't even see our own tracks and couldn't find the trail. We managed to summit on Sunday but from the saddle to the hut and back again was very windy and very sketchy. If you've never done this before (which I hadn't), it's definitely not for the faint-hearted. Once over the saddle, the drops are very very steep and, I thought, very very scary. The views, however, are spectacular and the trail was pretty easy to follow. The whole thing took us 10 hours as it was slow going in the snow, so we came out in the dark. Be prepared and stay safe!

We hiked this over Labor day weekend. The views and wildlife we saw were totally worth the hard hike. It was amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the summit in Sept when leaves were at there best. Started from Granite Flats going up Deer Creek Trail, great hike except for last mile it is straight up, no switch backs. Came down bushwhacking through cliffs to the north of the peak, fun trail finding adventure. Caught an unmarked trail that loops around a no name peak east of Box Elder summit and went south connecting to and down Box Elder Trail. Took us 6.5 hours.

This was my first time on the trail. As of yesterday, it will take breaking trail for the final two miles to get to the summit. I wasn't willing to go further than the tracks went. There was a wind slab just before "the meadow" that I wasn't willing to cross, as well as some other evidence of snow instability along the way. I wanted to write this review to let people know that this trail is probably a ski/mountaineering adventure and not a hike at this point (probably from about mile 4) until next season. In addition, I was glad I had microspikes on my shoes after the first mile. It was intermittent ice/snow and mud for a couple miles and then straight snow after that.

really hard, not like a stair master, much higher steps and increasing elevation. met several people from sea level states, requires lots of breaks to 'catch your breath.'

This is one of my all time favorites! Definitely a two-nighter to enjoy it! Very busy on the weekends! Start the summit very early, thunder and lightning storms come from out of nowhere in the afternoon!

Hardest hike of the summer! But I had the place to myself and the views were worth it! Lots of different terrain and scenery!

love this hike ALOT.

This trail is probably one of the easier hard rated hikes. If you’ve done Jacobs ladder and summited or even upper bells, this will be pretty easy. Awesome views at the top though. Really fun for a day hike.

First of all let me say WOW! We are from the Midwest and this was the third hike of our short stay. We wanted to go out with a Bang! And it felt like we did. We chose this hike based on reviews on this site so let me add my .02 (keep in mind we live at 800 ft.). We didn’t get to the lot as early as we had hoped but we started out just before 0900. Gradual climb and to be honest we got a little cocky, took our time and tons of photos. After we hit the first meadow and headed up it got a little steeper and the snow started at 8200 feet, the views were beautiful. We honestly didn’t know what we were in for as we knew (hoped) to crest but we saw the peak here and there through all the weather that came through. When we hit the last meadow before the push to the saddle we started running into what appeared to us were locals who actually knew what they were doing. We even believe that we met the famous “Ben”. We started running into a few people who decided not to go further or had been warned of the conditions at the saddle and had already turned around or stopped their ascent. If we actually met “Ben” he had also decided to not even head to the saddle. We had traveled too far to quit and the altitude clearly clouded our judgement (Ha) so we continued. We followed up who to us must have been an Olympian (she was nicknamed the Olympian) as well as two runners. The trip to the saddle was super sketchy as there was ice under the snow (3”) on the rocks but we had made it. We encountered both runners later who tried to reach the peak but neither did. At the saddle we talked to the “olympian” who was super nice and it sounded like she had made this hike before. Her group backed out due to weather so she came up on her own. After talking to her for a few minutes she also decided not to try and reach the summit. Visibility was about 30 feet and snow was getting deeper. I decided that I loved my wife so we opted out. “The Olympian “ was kind enough to take a few pictures of us and we followed her down. The hike was amazing and was plenty difficult. The people that we encountered were awesome. If you get a chance to try, make sure you do it. Make sure to bring plenty of water and fuel.

Great hike. Tough hike. Several steep and technical sections but overall challenging enough and very rewarding. The false summit will have you fooled but if you keep pushing, you'll make it to the top and love the views. From the the false summit to the top, the trail is a little tricky to follow. Be careful! Took me just over 3 hours roundtrip with no breaks until the top and some trail running on the way down.

It was a crazy adventure up to Mtn. Timpanogos Summit! There was 40 mph wind, rain, snow, clouds, and sunshine all together. It was a fun Utah hiking experience that’s for sure! I definitely learned to come in July- Mid August while the wild flowers are blooming and the sunshine is shining! Don’t go in October. Haha! Also, you’ll see so many mountain goats! They do love to get their photos taken and chill on the trail, but don’t get too close.
It’s a challenging hike and some sections are steep, so plan for 6-8 hours of the day hiking (based off your pace or group size). I highly recommend going with at least one buddy. Bring enough food (like a snack & a lunch), at least 2 liters or more of water, a light-weight windbreaker, and a extra pair of socks or dry shirt to change into for hike back down (it’s definitely worth it).
Have a fun adventure and stay safe out there.

Amazing hike/trail Run! You will likely see wildlife, moose, deer, mountain goats, jackalobes... ok maybe not the last one.
Anyway, if its your first time hiking Timpanogos bring one more layer of clothes than you think will need. It's usually super Humid, windy and much colder at the top than you would guess.
Bring more FOOD than you might think you need and multiple bottles of WATER! Your hike will go so much better if you eat and drink enough. remember to snack/fuel frequently.

I also used strava on this trail and it told me Out and Back is actually 16 ish miles. Just an FYI.
This is a stunningly beautiful hike. You are going to love it.
Have fun!

Hiked on Sept 29, 2018; mostly sunny with daily high around 75 degrees, left from Timpooneke. This is the best weekend for changing leaves, which explains the large crowds. At 4:00 am about 70% of the parking lot was filled. (If you haven’t paid, use the envelopes to avoid a ticket, which we saw on many cars after we returned.) We started at 4:30 am, hiked in dark with headlamps until about 7:30. This means we hiked through the fall colors in total dark, completely missing them on the way up. This is a long hike, but also probably the easiest of the big peaks in the area. Trails are very nice and easy to follow, with relatively uniform ascent the entire way. There is nothing dangerous or technical, it’s just long. A cold, strong wind from the west was blowing on the west side of the mountain, which you hit at the saddle. Light windbreaker was much more valuable than heavier clothes that breathes because the wind goes right through that. Otherwise, the west side was very pleasant. Trail was very busy. We needed about 3 quarts of water. Total trip was a bit over 8 hours, which included a few, but not many, rest periods.

Late Fall weather has the colors on the mountain popping! The weather and temperature was as perfect as it could be. Cooler in the morning, but warming quickly. Dark clouds loomed over the mountain most of the day, but we received no rain or snow.
From Aspen Grove it took us 4 hours and 15 minutes to summit. Winds on top were calmer than usual, only blowing small rocks.
Our 1 year old mix breed pup loves the hike, and hasn’t had any problems with his feet on the rough terrain.
The trail had lots of good people on it today.

This one is a beast! I was ready for a steep incline (hello, it's a peak) but whew! I was also not prepared for the fairly scary bouldering along an entire ridge. It was made scarier for me due to a lightning strike that tossed rocks up in the air nearby. The trail disappears and you are climbing on rocks with steep drops on either side. It is also windy, so don't wear any hats that wind can grab and pull off- you will lose it forever.

September 30, 2018. Driving to Mt Timp, it was sunny and warm for late September with temps close to 70 in Heber at 7:45. The summit of Timp looks extremely imposing from a distance but the hike is quite gentle for the first 6 miles. The fall foliage was peaking so the entire valley was red and yellow. As we got above the tree line, the wind really started to pick up and the temps started to drop. Once we got on the ridge, the wind was howling at about 30-40 mph but luckily you hike to the summit on the west side of the mountain so the wind was pushing you into the mountain. The final mile to the summit is steep but it doesn’t require any true bouldering. The summit has a cool metal open hut which provides a little reprieve from the wind. The summit offers amazing views of Provo/Utah Lake to the southwest and Heber to the Northeast. We saw some impressive mountain goats on the way down. It took us 4 hours up with about a 20min lunch break and 3 hours down. Round trip was 14.5 miles.

This is one of the best hikes I’ve done in Utah. The trail to Red Pine Lake is lovely, not too steep, adorned by aspens and beautiful views. From there the climb to the ridge features stunning views and solid footing. No soul-crushing scree fields that leave your boots full of rocks. The ridge and summit push require some intense scrambling with plenty of exposure, but it’s all worth it. I finished the round trip in 4:55. It was quicker than I expected.

This was 100% hardest trail I’ve ever done. It took us 10.5 hours to hike all the way to the top summit. I am not the most physically fit person and my knee was killing me by the end but it’s worth it! Watch out for high winds at the Top ( an extra windbreaker or sweater) and take enough water! On our way down we did spot a black bear, moose, and deer ( dusk) - of your not fast make sure you pack a headlamp, it was very helpful ( specially if you start you up hike anytime after 9am

First off, this is not 11.1 miles from parking lot after Orson park. We used a fit bit and this is 14 round trip. Maybe 11.1 from Jacobs ladder beginning though. Other thing. I hike hard and a lot. I hiked this one hard and it pushes back. Hardest hike I’ve ever done. Quads will rage unless you pace it slowly most likely. So, I’m 6’ and I weigh 200 lbs. Roughly 14% body fat. I bring this up ONLY to let anyone know who is athletic built that 102 ounces of water was not enough. You need AT LEAST a gallon to be safe. The ladies that came with us were fine with like 80 ounces actually. Anyway, awesome views the whole way. Be cognizant of where trail is on way up also. :)

trail running
2 months ago

An awesome wasatch run. Great views of box elder peak almost the entire way up. Great for viewing the yellow aspen leaves during fall time. I saw elk, mountain goats and mule deer on this late afternoon run. Brought 1.5 liters of water and ran out 15 mins from the bottom.

Much less traveled, trail is great until the meadow then gradually fades and splits numerous times. General rule: stay LEFT on the way up! Stay LEFT of the large stand of 5-10' tall pines on the lower part of the scree field. Look for the cairns. Long slog up the scree slope with loose footing in places and then some easy scrambling. I recommend NOT going alone on this one, and first doing Timp, Pfeifferhorn, Sundial Peak before attempting this difficult climb.

Challenging trail climb for any serious trail runner. Compared to other trails the only steep sections are on the Saddle. First 6.5 miles of climbing are gradual ascents with some descents and flat terrains in the meadow to regain your pace. However, the hidden rocks as tree stumps from start to finish and the completely all rock portions make this a difficult and treacherous attempt for any serious trails runners legs from avoiding any injuries. Unless- your well trained the return trip down the mountain will break your knees and sting your quads muscles. Nonetheless- a grand epic experience one must not leave out!

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible! Somewhat deceptively long going up trail#043 as you have great views of the summit essentially the whole hike. trail is well maintained and easy to follow with plenty of switch backs and decent grade (until summit push). Next time I will bring my Australian Shepard.
I did a variation of the loop and well worth it! I came off the south side of Box Elder and used a game trail to summit the no name peak just to the south.... & was awesome! Particularly because I spooked a family of ~15 Mountain Goats (no joke.... 15!) I then dropped off the no name peak to the trail #044 you could actually see below (from summit of the no name peak) but be warned this way is very STEEP route finding with some sketchy parts but once on #044 was “smooth” sailing and is a cruiser of a trail

Just did an overnight backpack trip at red pine, and summited pfeifferhorn at sunrise the next morning. Definitely a challenging one, but It is gorgeous right now. Highly recommend. Also, if you happen to see my grey, kids, RVCA hat the fell off my pack on the hike, I'd love you forever for getting it back to me!

Great hike lost the trail a few times and it got a bit sketchy. Its a butt kicker but so worth it, views were amazing. Reached the first peak in 4 hours takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the west peak. Took about 15 minute lunch then headed back. Total time 8 hours 10 minutes.

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