Trail Details


Emerald Lake from Timpanooke Trailhead
via Timp Glacier

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 6.5 to 11.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 16.2 miles
 Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
 Main Aspect: North
 Climb Rate: 370 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 7%
Notes: People who get to the peak and still have energy often return by way of the Timp Glacier. If the snow has not melted away from the top of the saddle, it is a real rush glissading down it. The first few hundred feet are uncontrolled speed and fear, but after that your speed and direction are very controllable. It is very cold though; keep bare skin (legs, arms, hands) off the snow if possible 1
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
Giant Staircase
 Elevation: 8650  Feature: Cirque
Notes: The Giant Staircase is a series of large shelves on the way to Timpanogos Basin.
Waypoint 2
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 3
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 4
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.
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
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


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