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The "Y" Mountain Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 3,106 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No shade

Description
Waypoints (2)

Some difficult inclines but nothing too extreme. Be prepared for the weather.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (711)
Photos (435)
Recordings (462)
Completed (1959)
Kevin Critchfield
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Hiking

One of our favorite hikes to do. Once you turn the corner around the face of the mountain past the Y, it’s like you’re in a whole new environment. Especially if this is done in early autumn. Beautiful aspens, shrub oak, and meadows. And once you get to the top, the view to the East over the mountains is way cooler than the valley to the west. It is quite challenging though, a steep incline on the way up, almost constantly.

Emma Burns
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Hiking

I like this trail. It’s worth the hike up to the Y which I avoid at all costs otherwise. There are always wildflowers and it’s shaded and pretty. Views aren’t the best around but they’re pretty nice. It’s quick to get to since it’s so close to the city which is great.

Brandon Hassler
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Great!Over grown

Had to give this 5 stars to make up for all the idiots who complain thinking this is the classic "Y" hike. It's not. It's the real deal. Full mountain. The worst part of this hike is the hike up to, and especially down from, the Y. It's steep, busy, and ugly. Once you head right from the Y to start the real hike, it's beautiful. The next mile is uphill, but easier than the Y. Maybe it's just because the beauty around you distracts you. At about 2.6 miles in you go left at the fork and make your way up a pretty tough mile long incline. Views at the top aren't bad, just not the same payoff as other summits in the area with 360 views. Most of the beauty of this hike is during the hike, which makes it totally worth it. Tad harder than Squaw Peak but easier than Big Baldy. Head out before 6am for a cool peaceful hike.

Collin Beikman
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HikingBugsOver grown

It gets a lot easier once you get past the Y, the trail isn’t as steep in most places. However, you’re still going up so there’s a pretty significant incline. There was a pretty nice breeze for me the whole time so I didn’t get too sweaty, and didn’t feel that hot. We made it up and down in three hours. Overall it’s a great hike and not too difficult, especially if you’re an avid hiker.

Mari Kossman
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Hiking

Challenging as all get out. I finished it in the past but I was a bit late today. Much too warm for a hike like this.

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Lauren Rands
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Hiking

Great view

Devon Child
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HikingOver grown

The trail to the top of the actual Y is nothing to write home about, but you'll rarely find finer single track than what's in store for you if you continue up to Bear Flat, to the summit of Y Mountain, and then East and then North through Slide Canyon after you come off the summit. From there you can drop down into Rock Canyon (I took Bonneville Shoreline back to my car). It's a bit overgrown, which I like because it means you'll likely be alone, but the views and the greenery are amazing.

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Heidi Ward
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HikingGreat!

This was a good hike, the stretch to the Y is the same old same, I went early to avoid the business of the trail, and it was fine. Once you get behind the mountain the trail becomes much prettier and enjoyable. The climb isn't too bad until the last mile, when it gets pretty steep and I had to slow down my pace quite a bit. The trail is well defined, easy to follow. The view from the top is about the same as the view from the top of the Y looking to the west. I'm glad I did it, but it's a lot of work for a pretty view, not a gorgeous view. Coming down the Y was terrible, as it was a holiday and the trail was packed at that point. Next time I'll try the Slate Canyon Loop.

Shelby Stubbs
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Hiking

6/29/20 This hike is a CALF BURNER! At least up to the Y and then once you get past the first meadow in the aspen grove and take the left up. Your come around the right side of the mountain and get to see over to spanish fork/Pason. then you see the mountains behind the Y when you pass the steep stretch into a meadow. So awesome. Then as you finally turn to peak you catch a view of squaw and Timp before getting the full valley view. Took my dog and we clocked 7 total miles and did it in 2.5 hours jogging the way down. Reached the peak at about 1.5 hours with 2 short breaks and then a longer one at the top.

Kris Kelsey
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HikingRocky

Great hike, got more crowded later in the day.

Becca Pope
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Savannah Jensen
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Hiking

The first mile where you hike up to the Y is nothing special. steep and busy. but when you turn on to the single track and continue up the mountain, it turns in to a beautiful, green and lush scenery. The meadows you pass through are gorgeous, and the views of the valley at the very top are worth the final climb to get there. I am not the quickest hiker, but I did the full 6.7 mile hike in 2.5 hours. I ran down most of it. The last 1.3ish miles until the peak are TOUGH, and you will want to turn back, but stick with it; definitely one i will do again.

Adrienne Burger
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Worth the view, but it's not a pretty hike.

Rebekah Beatty
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Hiking

This hike is a must-do at least once if you live in or near Provo. But not worth doing again. Every time I hike it again, I regret it. It’s short and has a good night time view, but it’s always crowded and not a very pretty trail.

Kate Monson
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Hiking

After you get past the 1 mile hike to the “Y” it gets a lot better. The last mile plus change is pretty steep but beautiful. There is an unmarked fork about 2/3 of the way up, go left. According to our app it was 8.2 miles from car to peak and back to the car. Maybe this app is counting from the trail head that you catch at the top of the “Y” Took us almost 4 hours total.

Kenna Jones
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HikingScramble

Above the Y is beautiful! But also quite hard.

Justin Fife
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Hiking

the first 1.2 is incredibly boring and crowded. the view from the top of the Y is meh. that being said, as soon as you go past that point the real hike begins. standard backcountry trail conditions with a lot of changing scenery. incredibly rewarding views for the short distance hiked, but the whole way there is uphill and isnt necessarily easy. eventually you'll get past the rocky segments and come to a meadow between 2 mountains that opens up, with some nice scenery. shortly uphill from there you fork left to head up the last 1 mile stretch to the peak. this part is pretty aggressively uphill and is a challenge. Scenery again changes to rocky mountain forest, really beautiful. Near the top of this stretch before the last turn, it opens up again and slightly mellows out. be sure to turn around because the view is amazing here. once you turn left, there is a rock to the right that delivers a nice view of the adjacent canyon. Nearly to the peak now. Saw some animal bones near here in the open field. when you get up top, follow the trail around to the right to get to a better, more open spot near the side of the mountain you came up. And hopefully you don't blow your knees out on the hike down. Definitely worth it, quite a moderate hike as far as difficulty goes. not too crowded but we saw our fair share of people even after the Y. bring at least 2 liters of water and a light coat and some pants for when you get to the top if you plan on staying for a minute. Overall a solid hike with plenty of views and a straight forward trail.

Gavin Grow
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Hiking

The trail was busy. The views were amazing! The last mile to the top is a pain! It was still well worth it too!

Piper Ballou
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HikingBugsNo shade

On my completed This hike is not there. I have done this hike before I got this app. This hike is pretty good but it is really hard. You probably should not take kids.

Eliza Neal
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Hiking

Fun hike! Took around 4.5 hours to complete, but that was full of breaks. The first part of the hike is in direct sun with little shade. However, as you go higher, you get into lots of shaded areas. I was surprised by how pretty everything was!

Camilla Boyd
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So gorgeous made the Y hike totally worth it at the top!

Jamie Marquis
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Hiking

Only switch backs. Honestly one of my least favorite hikes. You get the same view of the valley you can get from any other (better) hike. I’ve done it a few times with friends and family and I never like it. The best time was a night hike, only time I’ll do it.

Kanon Foote
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Hiking

Awesome hike! The only 1 star reviews this hike receives are from the people who think this is the hike to the Y. This hike takes you beyond the Y and through beautiful meadows with wildflowers and aspens!

Jessica Ashton
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Hiking

As a BYU grad, I’m proud of this trail! Difficult challenge with the steep elevation but gorgeous scene of the whole valley once you reach the top!

Chris Howse
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HikingSnow

Definitely worth the hike. The top is very pretty. The trail is still quite snowy towards the top (the last mile at least), but it’s pretty packed down in most places. Still prepare to slip through a foot or two of snow numerous times.

Amanda Archibald
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HikingSnow

As usual, hiking to the Y is crowded and somewhat boring, but the rest of the hike up the mountain is a lot of fun and beautiful. We stopped 0.8 miles from the peak because it is quite snowy, and the snow is pretty deep. But we ran into a couple groups that did make it to the top so it’s possible.

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