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Mount TimpanogosMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2012
Woodsnative
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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This was my last full day in Utah and so even though the weather forecast called for rain, I started off up Timpanogos with my nephew, for his first time on the mountain. If we timed it right, we could make the cabin shelter near Emerald Lake, wait for the rain to pass, and then reach the summit. It wasn't meant to be.

As soon as our ride dropped us off above Aspen Grove, we could see raindrops falling. They were less than a sprinkle and the air was warm, so we weren't deterred. Yet. We counted ten different waterfalls one above the other and were excited to pass them and the patches of snow in the distance. A light rain began to fall as we ascended past the first and second waterfalls. An hour and a half later, the clouds covered us for good. A light rain continued, and increased as we climbed. After 2.5 hours and 3.5 miles up the trail, we decided to call it a day and go back. We were a bit lacking in the raingear department (windbreakers and garbage bags weren't cutting it) and knew there would be no view from the summit due to the heavy cloud cover anyway. Suprisingly, my phone had service, so I called for our ride to come early, and to bring some towels!

Just as I finished the call, a rock slide let loose somewhere in the fog. At first it sounded like a tree falling. We heard crashing and cracking sounds for at least 30 seconds with a few straggling rocks coming after. It was almost spooky to hear it and not see it. All we could do was look at each other and the whiteness surrounding us, and hope that nobody got hurt. We found out later that the slide did not cross the trail thanks to several switchbacks that skirted the rockslide area.

I'll post a few photos we took with a borrowed camera, but most of these did not turn out well. The flowers were amazing in variety and in size, but our camera didn't really do them justice. I also noted that one of the middle waterfalls has room for a person to walk behind it. I need to plan a return visit to take better pictures of the beauty of this mountain (and to reach the summit).
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