Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Mount Timpanogos Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road to get to this trail was closed today. could only park 1.5 miles away. didn't want to walk that far with my 2 year old to get to the trail so did pine hollow instead. not trying to give this trail a bad review cause we intend to do it later but check road is open first if you're planning to go soon. updated to add: found out road is closed until "late May, early June" so keep in mind most trails in this canyon will be inaccessible until June each year, even if they are perfectly hikeable by April or May.

We ended up on this trail when we got lost. It had wonderful views and tons of wildlife.

May 7th, 2018

Overall was a very amazing hike. We were only able to get 3.25 miles from trailhead as we ended up running into the snow fields. Took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to hit this point. Gained 1761 in elevation and maxed out at 8685 ft. Snow is very slick and without appropriate gear it ended our run to the summit. It will likely be some time before it is passable without any micro spikes or other appropriate gear. There is a 50 ft waterfall that was quite beautiful to see as the snow continues to melt. The only advice I will throw out there, not being from the area is that it costs $6 dollars to park and hike for a three day pass. Make sure you bring cash. Not sure if this is active so be sure to inquire. Would recommend this hike.

It’s a nice short easy hike. I take this route often on excursions up Timpanogos before the road opens to turn it into a loop. Up the road and down via salamander flat and pine hollow.

Short, easy, beautiful. Fun hike to do with family or friends with a great reward at the end - an amazing view of Timp.

Outstanding view of the Primrose Cirque. We were the first to hike after the last snowstorm and the track keep us on or near the trail.

4 months ago

exhausting, but amazing view.

camped and hiked, very easy hike, beautiful

5 months ago

Hiked as part of a loop from Pine Hollow Trailhead to Summit trailhead, Timpanookee trailhead, Mutual Dell and back to Pine Hollow trailhead

Hiked about southwestern half of the trail on a loop trail from the Pine Hollow Trailhead. Good trail with limited views of the surrounding mountains because of the trees even with all of the leaves gone from the Aspens

I have no idea where the name Hensky comes from but I believe this is actually the Primrose Overlook. It says Lame Horse Trail at the beginning but then you find you are actually on Horse Flat Trail. Very confusing signage. It does veer left at one point, right before the overlook, which is Horse Spring Trail and loops you to Lame Horse which takes you back to the Summit Trailhead. We ended up just going to the overlook and going back the way we came and it took about an hour and a half. The overlook is very pretty and overall was a very fun hike.

October 28th 2017..
Amazing is the best thing I can say. Every turn was a photo moment and the challenges were significant enough to make them exciting but still entirely doable!
I met some wonderful people along the way including eight year old Kylie who was near the top when I met her and her mother Julie. .. see what I mean very doable ...if I lived here I would probably do this hike at least once or twice a month..
I decided to take the Aspen Trail because I heard there were waterfalls and I am a big fan of waterfalls. Even though they were not running like they would be in the spring or early summer they were still quite beautiful. Even the frozen ice Falls we're enough to have made me want to take the trail. Ran into a family of moose along the way... a bull mom and two calves. They actually impeded my progress twice while hiking up and again while coming down. They like the lower Trail around the aspen trees so if you hike that area just be aware. I did not get confrontational with them and they do seem to be somewhat used to humans but they are still wild animals and you never want to take that chance. Also heard from one of the hikers with her daughter on her 21st birthday that the billy goats up near Emerald Lake we're somewhat aggressive. I imagine being the fall of the Year might have something to do with it especially for the Billy.
Once I was up past the shack and headed towards the peak I had to cross the ice field. I had a couple of options. There is a narrow precarious ice Trail right up against the edge of the cliff which I do not recommend you taking without crampons or katula's. Something to keep footing in the ice. I think what is more dangerous is the fact that ice is on top of the loose Rock and boulders that have fallen from above. If the rocks give away under the ice you are not going to have any options. My solution was simple go up over the boulders furthur back away from the edge. ( to Dave from Visalia thank you for the tip ) It's somewhat of a scramble but I didn't need the crampons. Then come back down on the other side (Northwestern side) far back from the edge of the cliffs walk through the snow to find the trail once it has moved away from the edge. one set of hikers I talk to on the way up said they didn't go past the ice field simply because it looked too dangerous along the edge and they weren't prepared. That was a good call on their part. you should always research the trails thoroughly that you plan to do and make sure you have the equipment you may need. All Trails here has some good reviews even though you may have to read down to find enough information to truly prepare. Have fun and happy trails!.... Gideon

We hiked this on Oct 18 and it was great. Perfect weather and no snow still. Very safe. Mt. Timp hike is the best in Utah County.

Started at 10am and the temperature was perfect. Emerald Lake was covered in ice and snow.

After Emerald Lake the path that goes under the ridge until you get on top of the ridge was covered in snow. I HIGHLY recommend bringing crampons/spikes going through that section. Also bring a light jacket / vest as there's chilling winds all the way to the peak.

We hiked this trail like some others have done as a loop going out on Horse Flat trail and coming back on Lame Horse trail. There must be some significance to the name of this trail that is lost on me because none of the trails are named Hensky. The trail goes through mixed conifer and aspen groves interspersed with meadows. The fall colors were lovely. Along the trail there are views of some of the mountain peaks that were beautiful. The overlook into Primrose cirque at the end is spectacular. We hiked this route in the afternoon and in hindsight, it would have been better in the morning because the east side of the mountain was in the shade and it would have been much better for pictures if it wasn't. Ideally, next time we will time it so we hike in the am and have a nice early lunch at the viewpoint. Horse Flat trail has the meadows. Lame horse trail has tons of ferns and a small pond. Both trails were nice. The trail does have some steep portions and hence the moderate rating. We are looking forward to coming back in the spring and summer.

This was fantastic. There was one area with enough snow I wished I had waterproof boots, but it was absolutely beautiful out there. This was my first time up and it did not disappoint.

So we hiked the Lame Horse trail to reach the Hensky Overlook as some reviews had suggested. Not sure if that was the right path since it said 2 miles not 1.6. I also made the mistake of passing on some info I read in a different review to my kids which said the hike is pretty easy except for the last 250 ft which are steep. So at every steep section, they thought they were almost there, only to be disappointed. We were climbing the steepest hill yet almost 2 miles into the hike, and we were sure it was going to lead us to the Overlook. Nope. We could see the mountain and Valley through the trees, but there was another steep descent and steep incline to go. For my kids with autism, this was a huge blow. We would have continued on, but my 7 year old had twisted his ankle, and the sun was setting. It was a very beautiful hike, the aspens leaves glittering like gold coins. But it was a little tough for my kids (who aren't the most agile creatures).

Unforgettable experience. We were camping nearby and decided to venture up Mt Timp the next morning. We weren't very prepared, since we hopped in the trail last minute without any research. The trail isn't well marked in places and there is confusion over some "man made trails". We got lost a few times, hesitated finding a route to scramble at the end to reach the shack. Ultimately, the most amazing hike! We had to run down the last few miles and made it back to the parking lot just after dark.

I would rate this as an easy hike. saw a few deer and a moose... pretty cool

This trail was really fun. I was expecting it to be a lot steeper. The longest part until you get to the meadow (about 5.5 miles in) is a really gradual incline with a few little bit steeper parts here and there. Once in the meadow you pass emerald lake and the shelter, you can either walk across the snow or follow the cairns across the rocks (we did the rocks, they were in the sun.) The hill up to the ridge is the steepest part of the whole hike and it really is a butt kicker after hiking forever. Don't stop at the ridge. You did not walk this far to not summit. From the ridge to the summit is my favorite part of the hike. You get to climb on the rocks and this is where we got pretty close to a mountain goat.

We started at 5:30 am and finished about 6pm. This was with taking a lot of breaks (my friend was really hungover hahaha) and stopping to filter water.

very breath taking....literally in every way! So glad i made it to the top of Timp! Round trip took 13 hours with breaks and a whole hour just relaxing at the top, enjoying the view and victory of conquering Timp! Wish i had a hiking stick to help control my footing going down slick paths of loose gravel and the long path of snow that never melted. Also a hat and sunblock would have been nice as well as a big group to match the pace with at least one person. Grateful i had the opportunity and would do it again next year but take a different path other than Aspen Grove.

Super hard hike for me but very rewarding!!!!! Adrenaline will kick in after a few miles lol just keep pushin!!! Bring food and water and head lamps if its going to be dark coming down!!

only made it to the shed, but I will conquer this hike this year. I started at 2:40am and the moon lite most of the way.

Great hike! The trail has a very consistent grade until the very top so, although it's longish, it's not a killer on my knees coming down. Love the diversity of views, geology, and wildlife.

A friend and I really enjoyed this hike this morning! The path was shady and beautiful and the views at the end were breathtaking! There was hardly anyone else on the trail. Moderate difficulty, mostly due to the high elevation. The trail name was marked as Lame Horse trail - not Hensky Overlook, but based on the pictures, it was easy to tell that this was the same trail. This is definitely one of my new favorite hikes in Utah!

trail running
8 months ago

What a beautiful trail. The views were fantastic and I love being in the alpine environment when the weather is nice. Lots of Aspens and Douglas Firs as well as meadows with wild flowers. I would recommend this trail for hiking, running, or mountain biking.

8 months ago

Great coverage from the sun with a nice spring water spout at the end.

Unfortunately this trail had numerous mountain and dirt bike patrons that interupt the experience for hikers.

If you're a hiker then I'd recommend doing a different hike in American Fork Canyon such as Silver Lake.

Tough trail! Made it to Emerald Lake. Legs got pretty tired (I'm old though and came from sea level). Most people we saw were able to summit. Trail not too crowded on this Friday. Didn't get far enough to see the goats but did see a couple of moose about half a mile from trailhead at about 6p. Beautiful wildflowers and views. Packed 4 24 oz bottles of water. Drank two.

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