Trail Details

Timp Glacier from Aspen Grove Trailhead<br />via Mount Timpanogos

Timp Glacier from Aspen Grove Trailhead
via Mount Timpanogos

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 7.0 to 11.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 13.8 miles
 Elevation Gain: 4375 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 634 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 12%
Notes: Many people will leave the summit and return to Emerald Lake via the glacier. You get to see new scenery, which is always nice. Just hike in a southerly direction. There are several junctions, always take the right one that goes down. If you do not you will get stuck on a ridge. 4
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


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
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 2
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.
Waypoint 3
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 4
Timp Saddle
 Elevation: 11055  Feature: Saddle
Notes: When you get to the saddle itself, be prepared to have you breath taken away. You are walking up the trail from Timp Basin and all of a sudden all of Utah Valley opens up to you. On a clear day, you can see from Mt Nebo south of Payson to the Great Salt Lake. You are now above 11,000 feet.
Waypoint 5
Mount Timpanogos
 Elevation: 11751  AKA: Mount Timp
 Feature: Peak
Notes: Mt Timp is not the highest mountain in Utah or even the highest in Utah County, but it is certainly the most visited peak in the state. Making it to the summit is exilerating. You are now close to 7000 feet above the valley floor. Make sure you take enough water.


Destination
Timp Glacier
 Elevation: 11260  AKA: Mount Timp
 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).


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.384723    Longitude: -111.638841 

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