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Mount TimpanogosMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2011
fricknaley
Hiking14.59 Miles 5,148 AEG
Hiking14.59 Miles   8 Hrs      1.82 mph
5,148 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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preston and i were originally planning on going to colorado to hit some tall peaks but the forecast became horrid so we switched plans and decided to hit the Wasatch mountains instead. kept our eye on the forecast (which also was becoming worse and worse) and decided to just go, give it a try and see what happens.

nice drive up through Page and Kanab with great views of red rock country then big utah mountains in fall prime time color.

with the forecast becoming worse by the day we decided to hit Mt. Timpanogos first, as this was the one we really didn't want to miss. We decided to do it via the Timpooneke trail as we learned this is generally considered the more scenic route. we started just before sunrise to optimize our chances of staying dry and it was cold. dropped my phone in the parking lot and broke it...who cares i just wanted to start this exceptional hike. i'd worry about that later.

almost immediately we were immersed in intense fall color as we wandered through huge amounts of maple and aspen, crossing several small waterfalls cascading over the trail. after a bit we hit the cleared out Timpanogos shelf and were treated to wonderous views up high of the northern Timpanogos ridge line, snow fields and looking back east into the green, orange and yellow wasatch. Huge canyon walls towered overhead. this spot is spectacular. from here we went up more through a small stretch of conifers then above timberline to the Timpanogos basin, a tundra wonderland still filled with late summer flowers and majestic views of the summit of Timp and several small snowfields along it's base.

this is what we came to see and my, oh my, did it fulfill all it's promise :y:

from here we switchbacked up to the ridgeline saddle where views to the west over Provo and Utah lake came in to play.

the final stretch had us zig zagging up the rocky and often quite exposed summit to the top where some of the best views i have ever seen were awaiting. spent some good time on the summit, though cold, taking it all in.

took a little variant on the way down, crossing over some of the snow fields and a small trail cutting through the heart of the Timpanogos basin - filled with flowers. glad we did this as this small stretch is some of the best trail i've ever hiked.

the weather was perfect all day and this hike, for me, was world class and one of the absolute best i've ever done.
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