Trail Details

Emerald Lake from Aspen Grove Trailhead<br />via Hidden Lakes

Emerald Lake from Aspen Grove Trailhead
via Hidden Lakes

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 5.0 to 8.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 9.6 miles
 Elevation Gain: 3475 feet
 Main Aspect: Northeast
 Climb Rate: 724 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 14%
Notes: What a hike! Waterfalls, glacial cirques, towering mountains, lakes and probably mountain goats. This hike is the most popular Utah hike for many reasons. 5
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos  Links





Trailhead
Timpanogos TH
Trailhead Elevation: 6885 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance from Fee Station: 11.6 miles
Area: Alpine Loop / Timpanogos
Area Location: Starts in American Fork Canyon or Provo Canyon
Area Fee: $6
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: Also known as the Aspen Grove TH. The large parking lot is on the left just after you pass the Aspen Grove Fee area shack. You can see some of the Primrose Cirque and Roberts Horn from here. The Stewart Falls trail also leaves from here.


Waypoint 1
Timpanogos Falls
 Elevation: 7120  AKA: Aspen Grove Falls
 Feature: Falls
Notes: The trail is relatively easy to both falls. It is paved in sections. In addition to the falls, you also have a great view of Primrose Cirque.
Waypoint 2
Primrose Cirque
 Elevation: 9880  Feature: Cirque
Notes: The land of many water falls. If you happen to be in this area in early July, you will pass more waterfalls than any other area in Utah (that I know of).
Waypoint 3
Hidden Lakes
 Elevation: 9860  Feature: Lake
Notes: Start watching for the Timp Mountain Goat herd near Hidden Lakes. I see them every year between here and Emerald Lake. There was a herd of about 40 goats hanging out at the lake when I was there in 2009.


Destination
Emerald Lake
 Elevation: 10360  Feature: Lake
Notes: I love the color of Emerald Lake. I could just stare at it for hours. The lake is at the base of the Timp Glacier, so depending on the time of the year, it might be turquoise blue, or green. It often has red streaked snow (watermelon snow) around it. During busy times of the year, TERT will station volunteers at the shelter to aid others who might need help.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.392812    Longitude: -111.639982 

 WasatchHiker Map (shows trails)    
 Google Map (shows lat/lon on map)


External Links
for this trail
Route Description  WasatchHiker


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