Trail Details


Emerald Lake from Timpanooke Trailhead
via Timp Basin

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 5.5 to 9.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 11.4 miles
 Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
 Main Aspect: North
 Climb Rate: 526 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 10%
Notes: You will forget the toils of the trail as soon as you see Emerald Lake at the base of the Timp Glacier. 2
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos  Links



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.



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.



Maps and Aerial Photos



External Links
for this trail
Route Description  Deseret News
 Salt Lake Tribune
 WasatchHiker


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