Trail Details

Timp Basin from Timpanogos TH<br />via Emerald Lake

Timp Basin from Timpanogos TH
via Emerald Lake

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 5.0 to 8.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 10 miles
 Elevation Gain: 3285 feet
 Main Aspect: ALL
 Climb Rate: 657 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 12%
Notes: Looking north from the Emerald Lake shelf down onto Timp Basin is a very unique experience. 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
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.
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.


Destination
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.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.399603    Longitude: -111.648903 

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