After a long and scenic road trip the day before, we got up well before dawn and hit the highway out of Provo. We cruised through Sundance and picked up Robert Redford, who was dressed as Jeremiah Johnson for our amusement. We hit the trail at dawn and entered a chilly canyon full of blazing aspens and maples, guarded by high cliffs. The scenery was incredible and only got better as we climbed. Waterfalls, avalanche chutes, rugged peaks and beautiful forest: oooh!
At last the mighty peak of Timpanogos itself came into view, as we entered the treeless bowl of Timpanogos Basin. We trudged past a sea of blooming lupines, and soon reached the ridge overlooking Provo many thousands of feet below. The chilly wind and clouds raced past us as we climbed the rugged upper slopes on an amazing stretch of trail carved into the mountain. A stairway to heaven of sorts. We lingered a while at the summit enjoying a view so awesome words cannot do it justice. After many photos were taken it was time to head back down.
Dropping off of the summit ridge, Nick suggested we take a small detour through Timpanogos Basin across a snowfield below the massive north face of Timpanogos. The detour route proved outstanding, with huge cliffs above, snow beneath our feet, and wildflowers spread out below. Wow!!! We took our time on the hike back to the trailhead, stopping for every jaw dropping beautiful scene (of which there were plenty).
Thoroughly stoked after our incredible hike, we took the long way back, through American Fork Canyon, stopping at Timpanogos Cave National Monument (which was closed, unfortunately). Back in Provo we went in search of and found some great pizza, and planned the next day's hike to another mighty mountain summit.
One of the best hikes I have ever been on! Good times, Nick!