Mount Timpanogos

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Mount Timpanogos is a striking peak of layered sedimentary rock, giving it a banded appearance reminiscent of peaks in the Canadian Rockies. It towers over the city of Provo, Utah and is a very popular summer hike. The standard summit trail starts at Aspen Grove, near Sundance on Utah 92. Early season hikers should beware of the "killer snow holes" formed under snow cover by the streams and waterfalls.

Elevation (feet): 11,749
Elevation (meters): 3,581
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Wasatch Range
State: Utah
Latitude: 40.4
Longitude: -111.633
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Salt Lake City
Convenient Center: Provo, UT

Thanks to David Metzler for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 56 trip reports for Mount Timpanogos.

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  • Log #22360 - by IRman on Nov 02, 2012
    I led a few friends on their first hike up Timpanogus, having been up a handful of times myself I am always excited to stand ontop of Timp again before early fall brings the snow and cold. We hiked...
  • Log #19057 - by Kristen Asay on Aug 16, 2005
    The view was amaizing and the trail up was one of the best i'd ever seen. waterfalls everywhere. We went up the back side by the Aspen Grove trail head. It took us about 4 hours to the top and then...
  • Log #10833 - by an anonymous user on Nov 01, 2004
    Mt Timpanogos is the 2nd highest peak in the entire Wasatch Range of Utah, at 117$ Dale Kolsan Palm Coast, FL USA Email: Date signed: August
  • Log #10783 - by Sandie Jeserick on Sep 27, 2004
    Took 2 of my daughters, ages 14 and 12 to the shack on the summit using the Timpanoke trail. It took us 10 1/2 hours, with 1/2 an hour dedicated to waiting for an aging moose with family to move off...
  • Log #10784 - by Heather Janis on Sep 23, 2004
    Hiked up twice during college at the Y. Beautiful and breathtaking view! Love that mountain!
  • Log #10785 - by TERRY JOHNSON on Sep 20, 2004
  • Log #10786 - by Rich and Jill Sippos on Sep 13, 2004
    Hiked to the summit via the Timpanookee trail. It was a very fun hike to the top. We started about 6:30 AM and reached the top at 10:45. COLD at the top and snowing a little.
  • Log #10787 - by Jim Younkin on Sep 12, 2004
    I have climbed up the back side from aspen grove a couple of times (and that is not a glacier on the back, just a perminate snow field!), I have also climbed up the front a couple of times in the...
  • Log #10788 - by Greg Andersom on July 30, 2004
    Took the Timponooke trail with two 9 year olds. Made it to the summit in 5hrs. Absolutly beautiful! I usually go up the Aspen Grove trail so this was a nice change of pace. The wildflowers were in...
  • Log #10790 - by Matthew Hardy on Apr 24, 2004
    Hiked Timpanokee trailhead in october. All the snow had melted execpt a few patches here and there. Awesome hike. Took us under 9 hours.
  • Log #10791 - by Christopher Wardle on Oct 06, 2003
    A classic alpine hike with a twist: there are no more mountains to the west. This makes for a very dramatic view from the col and as you ascend the summit as you look out over the desert/plain below...
  • Log #10792 - by Wes Keeley on Sep 28, 2003
    Started the night before at the Timpanooke trail head with my friend Tom and his 2 kids 7 and 5 years . We camped at the springs. I got up at 0430 am and summited at 0755 perfect weather no wind and...
  • Log #10793 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 17, 2003
    This mountain was a popular hike for young members of the Mutual Improvement Association of the Mormon Church. For several times I participated in this overnight hike that got us to the top at around...
  • Log #10794 - by Lyn on Aug 11, 2003
    Went by way of Aspen Grove. Perfect weather. Great scenery. Mountain goats a plenty.
  • Log #10795 - by Nate on July 29, 2003
    What a hike! My wife and I had been on the Timpanooke trail in June when there was still a lot of snow. This time we went at about 10:30 at night. Without the snow and runoff the trail is a little...
  • Log #10796 - by Buck on July 22, 2003
    Actually, I have a question. I am planning a trip to the summit this Pioneer Day (2 days away) and am looking for some particulars on how long the hike will take, and what to bring. Anyone who has...
  • Log #10797 - by Mark Thompson on July 16, 2003
    What an impressive mountain! Much more impressive than Mt. Washington and Katadin back home! Too bad it was a little hazy from forest fires. Saw four mountain goats and slid down glacier. It was very...
  • Log #10798 - by Jason Jenkins on July 09, 2003
    What a great hike! I try to summit every year. I like to start at 2:00am or 3:00am from the Aspen Grove side. That way you get to hike in the cool of the morning and summit before 10:00am.
  • Log #10799 - by David Viens on July 05, 2003
    Climbed the first time from Aspen and did not start until 1:00 in the afternoon. Didn't get back down until 10:00 pm. No flashlight as I was told the round trip was only 6 hours. Big mistake-Take a...
  • Log #10800 - by Phil Lowry on June 01, 2003
    Lots of disinformation out there. Go to my website for accurate info. Say hi to the goats.
  • Log #10801 - by warner on May 24, 2003
    This a beautiful hike, especially with wild flowers in bloom. Be sure to take something warm, top can be extremely windy. Many locals have no idea of the beauty and grandeur (sp?) that is a few hours...
  • Log #10802 - by Frank G. Andrews on Apr 13, 2003
    Climbed Timpanogos as a boy scout living in SLC. Aspen Grove, up the snowfield, which was prety extensive even in the summer, and back. We had camped the night before and shared mutual concern with a...
  • Log #10803 - by joey dempster on Mar 31, 2003
    Timpanogos rules. Stay away in winter, though, the skiing is terrible. Please go to the Cottonwoods instead as the snow is much better and you can ski with a thousand of your closest friends!
  • Log #10804 - by Jordan Gilbert on Mar 09, 2003
    Long hike, but fun peak. Good views of all the Wasatch to the north, and of course, Utah Lake.
  • Log #10805 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    This is the best and most scenic single mountain in the Rockies. Some ranges are more impressive over all (Tetons, Wind Rivers, San Juans), but this is the best single mountain.
  • Log #10806 - by Jim Taylor on Jan 31, 2003
    One of the most beautiful hikes i've ever done. Our whole family (Ruth, Jacob, Rachel, Joseph and me, and Nephew, Korby) made it to Glacier Lake. Then Korby and I bagged the peak and slid down the...
  • Log #10807 - by Raymond Wimmer on Dec 18, 2002
    This was our get away while growing up in American Fork, Go on Double Date on Friday Night, Drop off our girl friends and camp out, get up in time to watch the sun rise from the summit. I think that...
  • Log #10808 - by Brad on Oct 31, 2002
    Mt. Timpanogos actually towers over the town of Pleasant Grove. Provo lies aproximately 15 miles to the south. Another trail leading to the summit begins up American Fork Canyon at the Timpooneke...
  • Log #10809 - by Max Karren on Oct 06, 2002
    Timp is a great peak towering above Utah Valley. When you look up at it after climing it you can't believe how high you really were. When we went as a scout troop the snowfield, which isn't a...
  • Log #10810 - by Howard J. Anderson on Sep 03, 2002
    We started at 4:30 AM in the dark at Aspen Grove with flash lights. The stars were amazing! The crescent moon gave us very little light. We watched the sun come up as we hiked and reached the summit...
  • Log #10811 - by Donne Puckle on Aug 07, 2002
    I took the Aspen Grove route. Incredible views all around, especially to the north. Windy and cold at the summit. It's definitely worth it.
  • Log #10812 - by C. Luke LeFevre on July 23, 2002
    We took the aspen grove route, we left about 5:50 am. We summitted about 11:00 or so. It was very hot! We ran out of water on our way down. Two moutain goats were being chased by what appeared to be...
  • Log #10813 - by TurdL on July 22, 2002
    the mountain goats running between my group's tents (10-15 feet apart) made the trip
  • Log #10814 - by willie holdman on Feb 05, 2002
    My favorite place to photograph! If you don't believe me check out my web site!
  • Log #10815 - by Jared Payne on Nov 13, 2001
    Ryan Hart and I hiked up the timponeake trail making good time then explored north from the meadow and found the B-25 crash site, we then traversed back to the trail to the summit and continued to...
  • Log #10816 - by Gregory Witt on July 11, 2001
    I've summitted Timp in all 4 seasons and from 4 sides. This time we climbed the north face, then hiked the ridge line from north to south (about 4 miles). No crowds (just 15 mountain goats and a...
  • Log #10817 - by Mandy Thomas on June 08, 2001
    Nice hike, though its accessibility and relative ease make for far too many people on the mountain. For a bit more of a challenge in the same general area, try Mt. Nebo to the south--about 100 ft....
  • Log #10818 - by James Barlow on Mar 11, 2001
    What a hike. We did this one as a loop so we could go down the glacier/snowfield. It took all day. We could hear artillery fire from Camp Williams when we crested the ridge that overlooks Utah Valley.
  • Log #10819 - by Darrell on Feb 16, 2001
    This is a great starter climb. I have seen little children, the elderly, and even a one-legged man summit this walk up. It's a great peak for winter training. During the summer leave around...
  • Log #10820 - by Don Laack on Jan 02, 2001
    Great Hike! Long, but well worth it. Took the Timpooneke trail up and back after the first snowfall of the season. There was about a foot of snow at the top, and it was cold, probably 10 degrees or...
  • Log #10821 - by Shane Burrows on Dec 18, 2000
    Best mountain hike in Utah. Everything you need to know about hiking Timpanogos, including information and on finding the B-25 crash site is located at
  • Log #10822 - by Mike Holloway on Dec 13, 2000
    Hiked up Aspen grove in a snow, sleet, rain, and lighting storm. Camped at Emerald Lake shelter. Woke up the next morning to heavy snow. On the way to the top saw a family of mountain goats.
  • Log #10823 - by Jimmy Buffet on Sep 20, 2000
    Long but easy hike. All the locals have trashed the summit. I can't believe that someone would haul a can of spray paint all the way up there, or take the time to carve a name in the rock. UGLY...
  • Log #10824 - by Heidi Dodenbier on Sep 08, 2000
    This was an AWESOME hike, but man, did I feel it the next day! My suggestion would be to take it slow. The views are gorgeous, there is no need to miss the whole trip staring at the trail going as...
  • Log #10825 - by Brad on Aug 07, 2000
    Incredible views, felt like a longer hike than it was, but very worth it.
  • Log #10826 - by Ryan Hansen on July 31, 2000
    many people dont know that there is a bomber wreckage on timp. it is west of the meadows area. worth seeing.
  • Log #10827 - by Michael Carter on July 24, 2000
    This was one hell of a hike. Went up the Timpanookie trailhead at 5:30 in the morning. Got to the summit around 10am. Came back down the Aspen Grove side.
  • Log #10828 - by Ben Hill on July 01, 2000
    Awesome mountain wilderness
  • Log #10829 - by Ray Tibbitts on Feb 17, 2000
    Careful when sliding back down. Also, this is a long hike, though not an extremely difficult one, if you take all morning with it. Timp is beautiful, but sorry guys, not the tallest, you really...
  • Log #10830 - by Larry & Jennifer Seibel on Feb 16, 2000
    We began at the Timpanooke Trainlhead and assended to the summit in six hours, then turned around and got back to the trailhead in 3.5 hours. We were hurting, it was an 18.2 mile hike in one day....
  • Log #10831 - by Larry & Jennifer Seibel on Feb 16, 2000
    We began at the Timpanokee Trainlhead and assended to the summit in six hours, then turned around and got back to the trailhead in 3.5 hours. We were hurting, it was an 18.2 mile hike in one day....
  • Log #10832 - by David D. Sam on Nov 04, 1999
    First attempt (1991) - Late spring snow climb. Successful to summit. Blue skies. Ice axe and crampons advised.
  • Log #10834 - by Thomas S. Burton on Aug 27, 1999
    Summited with Gaylynn Burton from Timpanooke trailhead. This was a warm-up for the Grand Teton the following week. Much snow this year provided glissading from many of the upper slopes. A beautiful...
  • Log #10835 - by howard mcintyre on Aug 16, 1999
    Aspen grove is a shorter, but tougher route. The other main route, Timpanooke is a mile or so longer but the trial head starts a 1,000ft higher. The trails meet at the 'saddle' about 1/2 hour walk...
  • Log #10836 - by Mick Wenzbauer on Aug 08, 1999
    Climbed Timp three times, plus "Roberts Horn" in 1998. One of the most scenic hikes in Utah. Aspen Grove route is the best in my opinion, more scenic than Timpooneke. Slid down glacier in...
  • Log #10837 - by David Metzler on Aug 03, 1999
    Timpanogos is a fun, though strenuous hike (around 5000 feet vertical gain). There are two routes from emerald lake, one up the north ridge, the other up the small pocket glacier and the south ridge....