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Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail

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Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail is a 14.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4,566 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

The Timpooneke trail to the summit of Mt. Timpanogos is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Utah. This is one of two routes commonly used to access the towering 11,749 foot summit. This challenging trail boasts of beautiful wildflowers, as well as opportunities to spot wildlife including mountain goats. The trail can be completed as a long, strenuous day trip, though some decide to breakup into a multi-day trip.

hiking
rocky
snow
13 hours ago

7/17/19 We started at midnight and hiked through little pieces of snow and then around 3.4 miles up there were some big snow fields. Turned around and came back. Probably could make it with crampons and ice picks but too dangerous and slippery because of the grade.

hiking
4 days ago

better than the Provo side of the mountain!!

hiking
4 days ago

An amazing hike, we were there for the sunrise on 12 July. The trail is very wet right now with all of the runoff and the snowpack is still very big. We brought Krampons and mountaineering axes and we still could not make it to the summit (about 750ft in elevation below). Note that we backpacked into the meadow on Friday and tried to summit on Saturday for the sunrise.

hiking
11 days ago

hiked on 7/6/19 was not able to make it to the upper meadow do to snow pack. one fallen tree over trail at beginning other the. that it was in good shape.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

The trail has seen better years. Many of trees are laid down from a heavy winter and avalanches at the bottom. We were able to make it to the snow fields and then turn around. Trail becomes lost and there are steep traverses across snow. Krampons and ice axe suggested.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
12 days ago

We made it about 4.5 miles up this trail and then had to turn around. Lost the trail several times due to the amount of snow still covering it. Lots of mud and snow. Krampons and poles necessary to continue further than we went.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Excellent to go up there on a Friday or Saturday before everyone else goes to simply touch scout falls, but after the falls there is a TON of washed snow so be careful , chains and climbers are needed if you want to go more than 3 miles in

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
1 month ago

first attempt: had to call it off as there was way to much snow to figure out where the trail was supposed to be going. Will attempt again in a few weeks, but from what I did (about 4 mi up) it was gorgeous

hiking
1 month ago

Always a great hike. Very long need to start early but a fun hike.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. We always go in August, and slide down the glacier and go down the other side. Very difficult hike but so so worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Fabulous hike! Easily among the five best hikes in Utah. It is long and has substantial elevation gain and loss, and weather is fickle, so be prepared physically and take a jacket, sweatshirt. Rain gear, good shoes and calorie packed lunch plus 3. + liters drinking water. Oh, a camera or sketchbook too. And all this would be for a summer hike in the day. That is when we went, middle of July with fabulous mountain wildflowers everywhere! You would want to adjust your gear to the season of course.. views from the top are tremendous: Views way down to Utah Valley and beyond, many peaks to the east north and south, and straight down to Emerald Lake; be careful it’s quite a drop. A storm was coming in, so we stayed only about five minutes.

hiking
8 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

love this hike ALOT.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

A Utah classic

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

A very difficult hike, but so rewarding!

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