Trail Details


South Timpanogos from Timpanooke Trailhead
via Timp Glacier

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 6.5 to 11.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 13.4 miles
 Elevation Gain: 4322 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 645 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 12%
Notes: The walk from Emerald Lake to the Timp Glacier saddle is relatively easy except for the last 800 feet where it gets really steep. At the saddle turn left for another steep climb to South Summit 4
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos



Trailhead
Timpooneke TH
Trailhead Elevation: 7360 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance from Fee Station: 8.4 miles
Area: Alpine Loop / Timpanogos
Area Location: Starts in American Fork Canyon or Provo Canyon
Area Fee: $6
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: Mt. Timpanogos is the most popular mountain hike in all of Utah. After Aspen Grove, the Timpooneke (timp-u-nee-kee) trail is the next most popular way to get there. The trail starts 500ft higher than the Aspen Grove Trail. As a result, it is not quite as steep. There are a lot of great destinations along the way though.



Waypoint 1
Scout Falls
 Elevation: 8210  Feature: Falls
Notes: The falls is just around the corner after leaving the Timpanooke trail. The trail goes behind the falls.
Waypoint 2
Giant Staircase
 Elevation: 8650  Feature: Cirque
Notes: The Giant Staircase is a series of large shelves on the way to Timpanogos Basin.
Waypoint 3
Timp Basin
 Elevation: 10170  Feature: Basin
Notes: Many calendar and postcard photos have been shot from the basin. The wildflowers are astounding. The Timpanogos Massif is huge. And the alpine scenery can be overwhelming.
Waypoint 4
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.
Waypoint 5
Timp Glacier
 Elevation: 11260  Feature: Cirque
Notes: Glissading down the glacier is often a highlight of a Mount Timpanogos hike. Both Negative and positive memories can result. Wear gloves and cover your arms and legs to reduce snow burn (you get going pretty fast).



Destination
South Timpanogos
 Elevation: 11682  Feature: Peak
Notes: Only the hardiest of souls reach this peak. Not because it’s hard, but because they’ve been to the main summit enough that they felt like doing something different. Try it and see the Timpanogos area from a whole new perspective.



Maps and Aerial Photos


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