Mt. Timp, as the locals call it, is the 2nd highest mountain in the Wasatch range. What sets "Timp" apart is its location. It towers over the Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove area and its a very dominant feature. It rises 7000 feet from the valley floor and draws your gaze to it again and again.This mountain may be the most popular one in the state of Utah and is certainly the most climbed. Timpanogos is a huge mountain, extending almost seven miles in a north to south direction with many of its peaks reaching over the 11000foot mark. You can normally hike to the top of the highest summit but when the snow flies or a storm is present, it becomes very quickly a mountain you need to take very seriously. One interesting fact about Mt. Timp is that is has the only real glacier in Utah, although it is very small. The glacier is one of the highlights for many of those who summit the mountain, using it as a quick descent route. Summit Elevation is 11,750ft
Meetup location/carpool: We will meet a the IKEA in Draper at 6:15am, and leave at 6:20am. There is a McDonalds across the street if you need to grab food or coffee beforehand. Please do this before meeting up. We are leaving early because of the drive to the trailhead, and to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
Distance: 14mi TOTAL
Elevation gain: 4600ft
Dogs: allowed. Bring PLENTY of water for the dogs. Also, there are mountain goats along the ridge, so please bring a leash in case we get in their vicinity.
Driving Directions: From I-15 is to take the 284 exit and go east on highway 92. Go 8 miles until you enter the American Fork Canyon and you'll be confronted by a fee booth. Continue on another 8.2 miles (passing the Timpanogos Cave national monument area) until you come to the Timpooneke Campground on the right side of the road. The trailhead to the Timpooneke route is just beyond the campground area.
The trailhead is located in American Fork Canyon, at the Timpooneke Campground, along the Alpine Loop Road. You'll have to pay a fee to enter the canyon and park at the trailhead, which is $6 or free if you have a National Park Pass. The campground is signed. Drive through it to the far side and park in the lot signed as the trailhead. A vault toilet is provided there. The trail is well marked and maintained. It ascends switchbacks and climbs through alpine meadows and basins. At forks, signs are provided showing the route to the summit. Still, it is important to carry a good map. Water is available along the trail but needs to be filtered to make it safe to drink.
After passing through meadows filled with wildflowers, the trail climbs to what is known as the Timp Saddle. Here you have sweeping views of Utah Valley, and also of the summit ahead. Continue hiking south along the well-marked trail and zig-zag up a steep incline to the top of the mountain.
IMPORTANT NOTES/WHAT TO BRING - PLEASE READ
1. TONS OF WATER--Approx 3Liters --or a Water Filter
2. Snacks and plenty of food--this is about an 9-10 hour day round trip
3.Camera--The views are absolutely breathtaking--and yes YOU will make it to the top if you go and you hike on a regular basis..
4. Hiking poles if you like to use those. Collapse-able are best on this one.
5. Considered Strenuous---AGAIN--considered Strenuous
6. THIS HIKE IS BASED ON WEATHER--WE MUST START EARLY!!!
7. There is mandatory scrambling--no way around it--if you are not used to bouldering or scrambling this may not be a good idea for you to start with this hike.
8. Some steep inclines with exposure--again if you are not a STRONG hiker I would wait to put a few under your belt first--just saying--
9. This is a 8-10 HOUR DAY MINIMUM WITH THIS SIZE GROUP--KNOW YOUR SELF--KNOW YOUR ABILITY--AND YOUR FEET OF COURSE--LOL
10. LASTLY--BUT NOT LASTLY--It is so important that you know your physical fitness level--the last few hours of this hike are ALL up hill but very attainable if you are in decent cardio fitness and used to hikes at elevation then this is a great idea--however do not use this as a first time ascent unless you are used to this type of hiking--it will be miserable for you and for the group too--but do not worry--we will be posting more of course. This is an amazing experience but please be prepared with water, the right shoes, plenty of food, and time--it is a whole day--otherwise make sure to bring your camera or camera phone--you will NOT be disappointed!!
11. BUGSPRAY(Ben's Spray, which comes in a little orange bottle at any outdoor store or Walmart is the best in my opinion)
12. Climbing(or sticky finger) gloves.
*****If you RSVP for this event and do not show, you will be removed from Utah Outdoors. There are many people who would love to have a spot, and its not fair to them if they could have gone and your spot wasn't available.**** We are working on removing members who frequently RSVP and don't show.
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