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Great hike. We camped at Emerald Lake and it was a beast with camping gear. In the morning we threw on day packs and hit the summit. Amazing views.

Entire summit was about 17.3 miles. We hiked it from 10am until 7pm. Very difficult but definitely worth it (especially seeing the mountain goats near emerald lake on the way up and way back down)! The air quality is really bad right now so the views are pretty hazy. But you should still make it to the shack for that overall sense of accomplishment! We saw a lot of people backpacking in around 6-7pm with hopes of camping. There didn't seem to be a ton of places to camp so that was interesting. A fellow hiker told us the chipmunks are so bad up there, they'll eat through anything you have. Anyways, do this one. You may hurt the next day but it's worth it!

This hike is so AMAZING. The shack! The goats! The mountain meadows! The 3 waterfalls! Loved it!

It's a burner. But it's beautiful.

Ran out of water just after the saddle - after that, the riverbeds are dry-washes and the next time you'll see water is just before Emerald Lake. There's a small spring trickling out of the rocks on the south end of the saddle. If you're not looking/listening, you'll miss it.

It was a beautiful hike. Hard, but rewarding.

Not a great hike but its short and has a decent view of the valley.

First timers for my brother in law and I. That mess was hard lol. Ran out of water at the saddle. Luckily the park ranger had a water purification system and helped us out. Definitely take something like Powerade or an electrolyte drink. Not just water. That rock path sucks. Seeing the goats made it worth it all

Emerald Lake to the Summit was extremely difficult (I’m not used to high altitudes, and there’s a lot of steep and/or loose rock to climb). But the views and feeling of accomplishment are so worth it. Just make sure you pace yourself for what your body needs, and look up often enough to know where the trail is. It’s discouraging to get off track when you’re tired. The trail is much easier to find coming down.

Really liked this trail. Only reason I’m giving it 4 is due to how heavily trafficked it is. Camped a bit below emerald lake for a bit more seclusion.

hiking
9 days ago

It's a fun trail to do at least once to get a great few of the valley. I powered through it so I was able to get through the whole hike in 3.5 hours. The very end felt like the hardest part because of it's continuous incline

We started around 2:30 am to make it up for sunrise. I was skeptical but it was well worth it. We are pretty fast hikers and it took us about 6 1/2 hours of actual hiking time. Views are unreal

Awesome hike. Had a great time. Pretty easy to hike.

Very mellow hike if you are advanced. Wear good shoes there is a rock pile for about a mile of the hike near the saddle that is very difficult to maneuver on and if you don’t have a rock plate you feel every bit of it. Beautiful 360 views, great salt lake views, emerald lake was stunning and very cold. 3 hours to the top for advanced fast pace hikers. Expect to take 5 hours up if you are not.

Beautiful. From ~9500 feet on its a rock scramble but worth it. Look out for rattlesnakes at 10,500 feet.

Very mellow hike if you are advanced. Wear good shoes there is a rock pile for about a mile of the hike near the saddle that is very difficult to maneuver on and if you don’t have a rock plate you feel every bit of it. Beautiful 360 views, great salt lake views, emerald lake was stunning and very cold. 3 hours 25 minutes to the top.

Great family hike, even when it is hot.

many butterflies and photogenic areas.

grove like places along the trail to sit or even camp.

blatant sign before the hike starting no open fires allowed in the areas.

the springs have been capped for some time, but the caps make good tables.

other trails accessible from here.

This is my favorite hike ever. I’m hiking it for my 16th time tomorrow.

Beautiful hike! So many wild flowers, water falls, lakes and goats. Expect it to take around 9 hours if you are like us and like to stop to smell the flowers and gawk at the mountain goats. The hike felt longer than 14 miles and the ranger at the bottom confirmed that it is probably more like 16 or 17. Especially with exploration beyond the trail. Still doable in the day if you are experienced but definitely an long one. The aspen grove trail had significantly less traffic than the timpanoki side.

I found a knife on the trail today. Post a review saying what color/brand it is if you’re the one that lost it.

D & I hiked this trail, 6 hours round-trip. Enjoyed all the butterflies. Stinging nettle blistered, but the blisters/rash had disappeared by the time we finished the hike.

Only passed two other hikers (who were hiking together) once we passed the main Y trail.

My favorite time of year for this hike is late spring/early summer. Nothing better than running through Bear Flat and the scent of mountain mint wafting up around you.

Beautiful and challenging hike. Start at aspen side and cross over to timpanooki. You will not regret it

Difficult but very rewarding. Hiked up Aspen grove and down Timpanogos trail. Staged a car at the finish the evening prior. Be ready for hiking over the scree fields (which I wasn’t prepared for). Not many people on Monday. The meadows in the cirque at the top make this a must do for wildflower viewing.

Beautiful trail. And not heavily used trail. Saw some goats at the lake, cooled off in a waterfall headed up. Great hike.

hiking
25 days ago

As hikes go, this one isn't great, but I give it an extra bump because I felt like I got a pretty good workout. I got lots of side eye from teenagers sprinting sporadically from turn to turn until the Y because I had a full day pack. Anyway, the trail is super overgrown, which is fine. Despite knowing there would be lots of stinging nettle, I wore shorts (downsides of getting dressed while half asleep). Regardless, I didn't have any issues with the nettle. I think I had a few stings, but nothing that left blisters or even hurt that bad. Decent view of the valley and pretty minimal traffic once you pass the Y if you're looking for seclusion.

Definitely difficult, the trail can be hard to see behind the mountain and the area right before reaching the Y is a bit difficult, steep sides, narrow trail..we came down the face of the y and it was way too hot. My dad ended up with heat stroke so I would definitely suggest starting there and ending in slate canyon. The view behind that mountain is INCREDIBLE.

It took my buddy and I almost six hours to complete the whole thing. It was 100% with it. Beautiful views. And, you get to see a great view of Provo. I recommend it.

Hike this often with my 3 year old — It’s our favorite! Nice for a leisure hike with our dogs and plenty of places of hang a hammock and relax in nature.

trail running
28 days ago

it's a pretty difficult hike that isn't all that pretty. it's just straight up on a gravel path for a while. it's worth doing it at least once while you're in Provo, but if you want better views and hikes consider going up slate canyon and hobble Creek.

A great hike! The trail is definitely overgrown about 3 miles in, as others have said. Watch out for stinging nettle! All 3 of us that did this hike got some on us. Beautiful views from the summit and a really green and pretty hike once you get past the ugly and steep Y trail.

Great trail and unique way to view both Utah valley and Heber valley (incredible views!). I’ve always enjoyed breaking up the hike into two parts: hiking up and setting up camp, then summiting early in the morning.

Trail is well marked from base to summit. After reaching the saddle, there is some exposure to both sides of the mountain so be careful with young hikers and keep them near (not as intense as angels landing, but you can get an idea).

Be prepared to see several people as the trail is very popular! Full moon and no moon nights are the most popular amongst other hikers.

pretty difficult hike but well worth the views.

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