The Family "Are we there yet?" Hike
This hike goes to a scenic waterfall on the east side of Mt Timpanogos. It is an easy hike up a wide and well-maintained trail.
The hike follows the Mt Timpanogos Trail - the same trail that runs from Aspen Grove to the mountain's summit. Several waterfalls can be seen along the trail. This is the first, and perhaps the most scenic. Hike to the waterfall and then return the way you came. Or continue as far as you want - it is a big mountain with virtually unlimited space to explore. Follow trail signs to the waterfall. You can't miss it as you hike the trail. Relax, soak in the beauty and enjoy a snack, then return the way you came in. Or continue along the trail as far as time and energy permit.
Water is available along the trail but needs to be filtered before it is safe to drink.
TRAIL BEGINS: at Aspen Grove Trailhead, along the Alpine Loop Road on the east side of Timp. Several trails begin here. They are well-signed; just pay attention to be sure you start down the right one. The trail runs west into the forest. It gains about 730 feet over the course of a mile. There are some ups and downs, but nothing very steep.
This was definitely the most scenic, beautiful (and wet) hike I've been on so far in the area (though I have not been on that many hikes in this area). Streams cross the trail in many places with an array of wild flowers in bloom everywhere. It had spectacular views, and all the way up the mountain, waterfalls can be seen.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.