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I love this trail! So many great views, wildlife, and scenery.

We started this hike at 12:30am so we could watch the sunrise and we were finally got back to our car at 11:30am so we were hiking a lot longer than expected! This is the hardest hike I’ve ever done, but it’s definitely possible and very rewarding and BEAUTIFUL at the top! I don’t think I’ll do this hike again for a long time since it’s SO difficult especially the last mile and a half (It took us an hour). But I still highly recommend this hike! It is absolutely FREEZING at the top so wear very very warm clothes! Also all trails says it’s 14 miles, but it’s definitely longer. My Apple Watch says it was 18 miles so keep that in mind!

As others have said, take the dirt road at Orson Park. I almost got tempted to try a different route since I live in Lehi, but looking at google images, doesn’t look like there is a fully thru way yet.
I’m not the biggest fan of the first half of the trail. It has a very dry desert mountain feel to it and gets quite steep. Once it levels out and gets into some pine, I loved it. Traversing across rock reminded me of some hikes I’ve done in southern Utah and the view of the peak is fantastic. Nothing really too tough or scary until you get to the very top. The last five minutes or so to reach the top really made me think twice. Great view though and well worth it. Took me 4 hours and 15 minutes to the top. Started at 8:15am and was at the top at 12:30.

hiking
2 days ago

I've done this peak a few times now. Definitely do the loop after the peak. There was never anyone on the trail when I hiked it, usually mid week. I saw some bull elk just off the trail. Recommended for sure.

Great Hike go early gets a little warm this time of year.

Pros:
- Awesome views of the surrounding peaks including Box Elder the whole way
- Opportunities to see wildlife
- Wild flowers
- Hardly anyone on the trail, even on a Saturday in prime hiking season

Cons:
- Really steep (my GPS tracker told me 5177 ft elevation gain when dips and gains are factored in both ways)
- Exposed (hot the whole way)
- No water outside of roughly the first mile.

I would say this hike was harder than Timp or Nebo. I would recommend starting early (5 or 6 in the morning) to avoid the heat in the summer. I would also recommend bringing more liquid than you think you need, then bring some more. I started at 8, and despite having a large camelbak and 40 oz of Gatorade, I ran out of liquid with about 4 miles left in the hike. That is my fault for not rationing water very well at the beginning of the hike.

All things considered, this is still a really incredible hike that I would recommend to very experienced hikers in good shape. Definitely a cool peak to bag.

I've done this twice, and the first time was perfect. I went alone, and appreciated all the cairns to lead the way. The second time I went with friends, and we somehow got off the path, and went 2000 ft south of the trail. Trudging through scrub oak on steep hills really, REALLY sucks. Don't do that!

It had been 25 or so years since I'd been up this side, and I'd also forgotten how much easier it is in comparison to the Aspen Grove Trail head. I just love the long climbing switchbacks across the terraces, and how the views in both directions are changing continually throughout the hike. Between the two and three mile marks (approximately) there is also excellent opportunity to see plentiful sea life fossils, if you know what you're looking for. Water sources become more and more limited as the season draws out, so be aware, carry plenty and consider a filter. This mountain is so amazingly majestic, and never disappoints, at least in my opinion. Even if you only plan to hike to the basin, this is one of the easier places to always spot Mountain Goats, which is always entertaining. Excellent hike, I need to knock this one out again before the season is finished!

backpacking
4 days ago

We started at 5pm on a Friday. There were plenty of spaces to park. The incline isn’t bad, it’s the distance that makes this hike difficult. By 9pm, the sun went down and it was amazing! As you look down the valley, you’ll see people starting their hikes for sunrise. We made it to the meadow/basin area in 7 hours (we had large backpacks on requiring multiple stops), slept over, started our summit at 9am. It took us 2hrs to get from the meadow to the saddle. From the saddle on is where it gets tough; if you’re scare of heights, this is where you’ll have to debate if you’ll summit or not. Pass the saddle, you’ll do a bit of scrambling to summit. It took us another hour from the saddle to the shack to summit. I highly recommend bringing a lot of water and a filter. There’s not much water on the trail, all the spring falls are dried up now.
Totaled hours hike (for a slow hiker): 14hrs.

decent quick hike. hiked in, had lunch and enjoyed the falls. easy trail with a little elevation. saw toddlers having no issue.

Beautiful hike! We started around 9:30pm and got to the Basin around 1am. I had some altitude sickness during the last mile that added some time. We camped in the basin and watched the sunrise then headed back down. Hard hike but worth it!

I have gone on this trail several times and each time, the lake never disappoints. It is rather hilly but is a wonderful experience with amazing views of the mountains and some meadows! I would highly recommend it!

Took the first step at 5:30 a.m. Hit the summit in 3 hours flat, back down in 2.5. Trail was beautifully uncrowded on a Sunday morning. Found myself face to face with a couple good-sized mountain goats, but they were super chill. Pretty wiped out, but a great hike!

This is one of my most favorite hikes.

hiking
8 days ago

I had great company so that made this hike better. Along the way the views are pretty but the first few miles are on private dirt road which is a waste of hiking time. I like actually hiking in the mountains on trails. Getting back into the mountains on the single track was better. It is steep like one of the reviewers mentions below. When you get to the valley up top, the trail is less obvious and people have built cairns everywhere. You can get to the lake of mosquitoes aka Hardy pretty much by bouldering the massive boulders because there are cairns on that or climbing down by the stream and climbing back up. Your choice the cairns EVERYWHERE will lead you there. Pull out your map if you’re lost and it’ll guide you. Wear big repellent, go early to avoid the heat and have enjoyable fast hiking companions otherwise don’t waste your time since it’s a watershed lake and you can’t swim in it.
Okay okay, it is pretty just endure the millions of mosquitoes trying to eat you. You’ve been warned. I hiked this at the end of June.

Hiked this trail on 8/4/18. Started around 5:00 am and found very little parking available. We parked on the highway and walked to the trailhead. Hiked in the dark for an hour or so and then had all the spectacular views all the way up. There were so many people coming down from the top looking pretty miserable and tired. Overnight hiking is overrated. 3:40 to the top. and and about 3 hours to the bottom. 3L water. It was a fun day.

Great and rewarding hike. The trail was much better once you turn left off into the wooded area around 1.5 miles I believe. Beautiful meadows with butterflies cross crossing the trail all along the way. Excellent work out and views at the top. Very shaded in the morning especially in the forested area.

This was a longggggg hike! Not too hard though. We started at 2:30am and our group ended up splitting up in the meadow. Made it for the sunrise at the summit and it was FREEZING!! But the east side of the mountain warm and nice. So bring a jacket if you go that early. We encountered a moose and it’s baby about an hour in right on the trail. The group right behind us sent their dog to get the moose off of the trail but it ended up charging at us! Super scary and thankfully we were able to slide down the cliff a little bit so we didn’t get trampled. Definitely need headlamps but I liked hiking at night. I didn’t need all the water I brought because it wasn’t too hot. The sun coming back wasn’t too bad but I felt for the people heading up around 10am. That’s a different hike I’m sure! Not sure I’d do it again but it was so beautiful and worth it!

The lake was really low and not too exciting. Seeing the lake at the end of Beartrap Fork is a better view. The best part of my hike was watching two bull moose eating about 8 feet away from the trail. A female moose was down below them keeping an eye on me and a buck was running around, probably away from me.

Hiked this trail two days ago, very easy with a pretty view at one point.

wowowowwowoowwow so pretty. but also I just got back and I am dead. this is a pretty hard hike but work yourself up to it. its totally worth it

Loved this hike! The views are amazing and you get rewarded with a reservoir. We recorded 15 miles in and out. Bring extra water. Maybe there are different trails? Regardless - it’s awesome!!

I did the hike on a Sunday and started at 6 am. The trail was not crowded the day that I went little more people in the afternoon but not bad. I would rate the first 6 miles as moderate and the last mile or so as hard as you will go up some steep slopes at the top. It took me just over 4 hours to get up with a lot of stops to enjoy the trail and see the wildlife. I was able to see a moose with baby, 4 deer, and 2 mt goats with in the first 3 miles but did not see much after that. I would bring plenty of water there is water on the trail but it’s all within the first 2 miles unless you are hiking to the lake then you will have water at the top. After hiking this trail I would tell anyone that is into hiking this one is a must. Even if it was only to the saddle it would be worth it.

Beautiful but crowded on the weekends. Started at 6:30am and had to park down the road a ways. Saw some mountain goats and a baby, so cool. Not terribly difficult the first 6 miles or so. The last bit was a climb. The last few miles were long but over all it’s not terribly hard just long. Lots of people made for lots of passing in close areas. Oh and you will most likely need to use the bathroom along the way. There were tree areas that were used for the bathrooms. Please pick up and pack out your trash there!

Hiked to the peak for the first time yesterday morning. Started just after 2am and made it to the peak by 5:30 with enough time to relax and enjoy the sunrise, which was absolutely beautiful. Summiting from the saddle to the peak was challenging after already being exhausted from hiking for several hours, but believe me, it is worth it. Plan extra time for water/ snack breaks. Pack a headlamp if you will be hiking at night, and pack layers. I started with just a long tee shirt and pants, then had to add layers at the top, but hiking down in the sun became pretty hot. Bring a sharpie to sign your name on the shack at the top!

Amazing views that are usually shaded, you have dirt bikes on the trail as well as horses.
Great hike for larger dogs; some parts get a bit steep but it’s well worth it.
You’ll come to a point close to Tibble Fork where a sign points to the trail, of you go the opposite direction you come out by the dam at Tibble Fork.

Great hike. Once you get into the woods its much prettier and has an exciting cliff side view at the end. If you go at the right time the wildflower meadows might be blooming and that's a nice bonus.

I stopped doing keto and began using carbs again and the hike was way easier for me (I had a hard time on the horse flat which was rated as easy).
More for hiking rather than sightseeing/hiking.
Should actually take the "views" tag out of the details.
Mostly incline and very rocky.
If you roll your ankles a lot you should buy good hiking shoes/boots or watch where you step.
Going up took an hour and a half and around 45 minutes to get back down.

Finally checked this hike off the bucket list! It was a fabulous day. 3 hours and 45 minutes to the summit and then back to the car in 7.5 hours round trip. It was a Saturday and super crowded. We had to park on the road about .5 mike from trailhead. Started at 6:00.

hiking
14 days ago

Fun Area! Great views and nice trail.

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