The "Y" Mountain Trail

MODERATE 258 reviews
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The "Y" Mountain Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3438 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

hiking
21 hours ago

Hiked it in early April, doable without snowshoes but at least 3 feet of snow. Not one of my favorite hikes.

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9 days ago

Hiking to the Y is more of a novelty than anything. Steep, dry, and lacking in natural beauty, I'd still consider it worth doing if you are looking for a workout or simply want to see that enormous white letter painted on a mountain up close. However, the real hike comes once you continue up through the field above the 'Y.' Curious rock formations, shady forests, and marvelous fields of wildflowers await you! The changes in environments throughout the hike are quite interesting, and the views at the top will make you wonder why you ever decided to turn back after reaching the letter.

Be very careful once you hit the meadows and flower fields - the trail becomes very narrow and there are massive patches of stinging nettle throughout. They can be easily avoided if you are cautious, however. Long pants might be worth wearing, despite the heat. Also bring plenty of water, more than you think you'll need.

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10 days ago

The hike to the Y is normally very busy, and the trail bakes in the afternoon sun since there is no shade. I recommend taking the trail past the Y and going to the top of Y Mountain. The high point on Y Mountain is actually on the east summit, and not the summit the overlooks Provo. Here's my trip report.

http://www.yourhikeguide.com/y-mountain/

hiking
15 days ago

Good for some quick exercise.

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17 days ago

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24 days ago

I've done this hike several time. It is a short, fairly steep hike. Benches are located at every switchback. It may not be the prettest hike and doesn't have shade, it's good for kids and a good workout for those short on time.

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25 days ago

I doubt I'll do it again. I'm glad I did it once. It's steep and there isn't any place to rest along the way. Great views. It was under construction in a couple places.

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1 month ago

This is just an annoying "hike." Almost not even worth it. If you do it, continue beyond the Y. It's just kind of ugly.

1 month ago

Steeper than Squaw Peak (in my opinion), and the views aren't as good. Beautiful meadows though, and hardly anyone on the trail once you get past the Y.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

A definitely more difficult than "moderate". It gets steeper and steeper but you feel really accomplished when you finish that's for sure.

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1 month ago

Not the best hike, but a classic. Great view of Utah Valley. Steep with switchbacks. Well trafficked and very wide trail to the Y. Just going to the Y is nice for a short and quick hike.