723 shares. Bear left @ Y-junction. Beyond this, the route crosses a snow field (about a mile long when I did it) and then reaches a saddle. The ascent is consistent and there are switch backs with some rock steps, but they are stable. The trail is perfectly manicured for 96% of the hike with only one loose rock section just before you get on the summit ridge. The hike from Aspen Grove to Emerald Lake is 6.9 miles; the Timpooneke trail to Emerald Lake is 7.5 miles. Hike or slide down (carefully) to the bottom to Emerald lake. Two trails access Emerald Lake from State Route 92: one trailhead is just past Sundance Resort at Theater in the Pines; the other trailhead is over the ridge in American Fork Canyon at Timpooneke. This place is beautiful and totally worth the hike. Timpanogos. At the saddle, you turn south and again follow a trail up to the summit of Timpanogos. The shelter there was built in 1959 as an aid station for the annual BYU community climbs. I've lived in Utah County for more than six years and managed to avoid many invitations to hike the summit of Mt. Utah – Mount Timpanogos. Trip stats: Time: 9 hours This post is going to be pretty long, but I want to give you as much info as possible for a hike of this length. It’s a 1.9-mile hike with some climbing that will take 2-3 hours in total. The tiny lake lies just on the edge of timberline at an elevation of 10,380 feet. The trail is never difficult and steadily gains until you top out at some meadows and then the trail makes its way to Emerald Lake and a nearby hut. There is still a large snow patch where you could link up about ten turns on the “Timpanogos Glacier” above the Emerald Lake Shelter. Mount Timpanogos, often referred to as Timp, is the second highest mountain in Utah's Wasatch Range.Timpanogos rises to an elevation of 11,752 ft (3,582 m) above sea level in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.With 5,270 ft (1,610 m) of topographic prominence, Timpanogos is the 47th-most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States. This is a 14.8 mile loop hike with 6300 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. When we did finally get up to the lake it was already well into the afternoon. This is the first part of the Mount Timpanogos Summit Hike that takes you just past Emerald Lake. A late day hike to Mount Timpanogos, the second highest peak in the Wasatch Range of Utah. To the south is Roberts Horn, and to the west, only 550 horizontal yards away, is the summit of Mount Timpanogos. Emerald Lake. I have seen many families with little kids make this hike. Ahead, the trail passes the northern tip of Emerald Lake and travels past Emerald Lake Shelter. ... on a side trip to Emerald Lake, but when I … From this basin it is only another 2.1 miles to the summit, but if this is a two-day hike you should bear left at the trail junction and proceed to Emerald Lake to establish your camp. Today the lake is the collecting pool for glacial runoff from Utah’s only glacier. At 11,749 feet, it is the second-highest summit of the Wasatch Mountains. This five plus miles is enough of a hike for some people, and the area around the Timpanogos Shelter at Emerald Lake is a popular resting spot where hikers contemplate the distance to the summit rising high overhead. There are two great ways to access the lake. Historically, backpackers camped at Hidden Lakes on the other trail, although in recent years most people staying overnight seem to camp at Emerald Lake (especially Scouts, who seem to like to jump in the lake). Many trail runners run this trail. The training ground for an upcoming Rim-to-Rim hike of the Grand Canyon has been awesome! The crash site (off the Timpooneke Trail) of an Air Force B-25 that went down in 1955, and Emerald Lake, near the east face of Timp, are other popular destinations. Utah & Wasatch Counties, UT. There are two routes that take you to the Timp peak. My latest (& longest) adventure was Mt. Timpanogos, the Aspen Grove Trail down past Emerald Lake and into Primrose Cirque, and, at a point just below the talus on the Aspen Grove Trail, the Hartsky Trail, an umimproved abandoned trail named after Paul Hart, who rediscovered it. The Timpanogos Loop consists of three main trails: the Timpooneke Trail to the summit of Mt. July 17-18, 2015 Emerald Lake is a small proglacial lake near the summit of Mount Timpanogos in the middle of the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness in the Wasatch Range in northeastern Utah County, Utah, United States. The shelter itself may also provide some refuge from storms, but don’t assume it’s a comfortable refuge—it gets cold in there. Timpanogos. Hike! Both trails are 9 miles one-way to the summit and 7 miles one-way to the cirque. ... A break for lunch at Emerald Lake is a great idea before continuing down the canyon. As you approach Emerald Lake, the summit of Timp starts to become obvious, as a nearly 1,500 foot cliff above the Lake. Mount Timpanogos is one of Utah’s most recognizable mountains, and another popular mountain hiking destination. This hike technically isn’t in Salt Lake as it begins in American Fork Canyon, however it’s not far. Length: 4.4 miles to the junction in Timpanogos Basin, then Emerald Lake 5.6 miles, or the summit 6.5 miles Elevation change: 2,830 feet, 3,110 feet, 4,380 feet Difficulty: Strenuous; steep, and often exposed, so quite hot in summer Type: One way Usage: Medium to high Season: Late spring, summer, fall Trailhead: Timpooneke, along a short side road, or Aspen Grove, on the Alpine Loop Mt Timpanogos- Aspen Grove Trail . The peak sits at 11,750 feet with a nearly 5,000 foot elevation change in the climb. This hike can be done in several different ways. The Aspen Grove Trail goes right by Emerald Lake, and the lack of water on the Timpooneke Trail meant we had to hike the extra distance to Emerald Lake anyways. So, when you take one of the trails to Emerald Lake on the way up to Mount Timpanogos, you’re in for an incredible experience. By most definitions, Timpanogos Glacier is not really a glacier at all, but rather a snowfield. Overview: The trails to Timp Summit give you everything you could ask for on a hike: mountain meadows full of wildflowers, scenic waterfalls, aspen trees, evergreens, beautiful mountain vistas and even a pristine alpine lake! Emerald Lake is a particularly pretty high alpine lake nestled in a valley just below the summit at the foot of Timpanogos Glacier. Emerald Lake is located at 10,380 feet (3,164 meters), and some of the most incredible wildflower displays in Utah occur in the surrounding high-elevation meadows and hillsides.The trail then junctions with the Timpooneke Trail #053, and the Timpanogos … Hike to the Timpanogos Falls. The tiny summit hut can be seen on the peak. image: snowbrains. Location: 40.3944702, -111.6458054. In some versions of the Indian legend, the warrior throws himself off of the summit of Timp and becomes the lake at the bottom. a lot further along than we expected). Emerald Lake, Timpanogos, Montañas Wasatch - Utah USA Alpine Climbing trail in Aspen Grove, Utah (United States). No rush coming back down, but when you do, you can go down the way you came or head south along the ridge until you come to top of Timpanogos glacier. It was amazing! Some hikers don't go past Emerald Lake because Timp still looks so distant from there - indeed it's 2.5 miles away by trail and 1,450 feet higher. This is long and arduous, but not that difficult. After a few hours of steady climbing, we reached the glacial basin and Emerald Lake. Getting to Emerald Lake is a great accomplishment and one reason to take the Aspen Grove trail as the timpooneke trail bypasses it. To the 11,749-foot main summit of Mount Timpanogos; the distance is around 6.9 miles one-way via the non-technical route with an elevation gain of approximately 4,850 feet. The trail zig-zags up for a couple more miles passing by and thru waterfalls and keeping a gradual rate of incline all the way towards Emerald Lake, at 10,340 feet. Enjoy a break at glacier-fed Emerald Lake and check out the rustic Timpanogos Shelter built in 1959. If the hike to the summit seems too intimidating, test the waters with a short hike to the Timpanogos Falls. TIM008. I've summited the mountain twice and reached Emerald Lake two other times, and been up … From this vantage point above Timpanogos Basin, you'll get up-close views of Mount Timpanogos's 3.5-mile ridgeline. But just because the hike to Cecret Lake (pronounced like secret) is quick, there’s no need to rush it. In July of 2012 we had the opportunity of visiting several national parks in the Western US, in the states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. From the trail head, you can see aspen forests, rocky slopes, streams, waterfalls, the pristine Emerald Lake, along with an amazing view of mountain meadows—if you venture the one-way 7.5 miles to … From there, take the LEFT trail back to Timpooneke where you started. There's a toilet about 200 yards north of the lake. Take the Trail to Emerald Lake in Utah Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains can be a rewarding and beautiful experience. The Timpooneke Trail in American Fork Canyon is one of two trails used to summit Mount Timpanogos. Backpacking, hiking and exploring possibilities abound in this wilderness area. Originally, we'd plan to take a lunch break up at Emerald Lake, but we ended up stopping earlier since neither of us had bothered to check where in the hike the lake was located (you'll find it just before the saddle, i.e. The highlight of the walk is the sight of the silvery Timpanogos falls. In 150 feet, bear left at Y-junction. Hiking Mountain West Salt Lake City Travel Utah. The path continues west staying above a cliff band and then meets up with the Timpanooke Trail where you will probably encounter other hikers. A few people camp in Timpanogos Basin, although since that’s a wildflower meadow it would be nice if they thought twice about that. Hikers may continue three miles past Emerald Lake to … Emerald Lake is one of the gems that make this hike so special. Distance from the Aspen Grove trailhead to Emerald Lake is approximately 5.0 miles one-way with an elevation gain of about 3,450 feet. Emerald Lake is a particularly pretty high alpine lake nestled in a valley just below the summit at the foot of Timpanogos Glacier. Emerald Lake is a popular camping spot, below the glacier. Timpanogos Basin is at mile 4.4, and there will be a trail leading to Emerald Lake and the Aspen Grove Trail that breaks off on the left as you enter the basin. Congratulations on your first attempt. 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