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Mt. Timpanogos
Utah County, UT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque at sunrise
The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque at sunrise

Route: Aspen Grove Trail

After waiting nearly a week for a somewhat reasonable weather forecast, I decided to give the mountain I was most looking forward to climbing a go. Starting before sunrise, I initially found myself on the wrong trail due to a lack of signage in the dark. Returning to the parking lot, I found the proper trail and was on my way into Primrose Cirque. Interestingly enough, significant portions of the first mile or so of the trail were paved.

The cirque was a fantastic place to watch a sunrise, as the various topographic angles were easily seen from the numerous switchbacks on the trail. Eventually reaching the slope of Roberts Horn, I passed by the first snowfield - quite a sight in late August!

Eventually reaching a plateau, I passed by a few more dramatic bowls and soon found myself at Emerald Lake and the shelter. The trail then crossed some scree as it climbed above Timpanogos Basin with some narrow, no-fall areas. After a steady climb, the trail merged with the Timpooneke Trail.

The trail then dropped onto the west side of the ridge as it ascended the rocky slope of the mountain with some exposure not for the weary. Reaching the summit, there were fantastic views in all directions. There were also massive cliffs just feet away, making for uneasy movement whilst trying to get photos.

After a lengthy summit stay, I descended via the same route, experiencing the lower cirque in daylight for the first time. Easily the most scenic hike I've been on thus far.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Timpanogos
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Parking Elevation: 6,880'
Destination: Mt. Timpanogos
Time Elapsed: 03:56
Trailhead Elevation: 6,880'
Summit Elevation: 11,749'
Distance: 6.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,969'
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:02
Hike Distance: 13.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,069'


The Aspen Grove trailhead
The Aspen Grove trailhead

The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque at sunrise
The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque at sunrise

The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque after sunrise
The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque after sunrise

The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque after sunrise
The Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque after sunrise

A small snowfield along the Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque
A small snowfield along the Aspen Grove Trail in Primrose Cirque

The Aspen Grove Trail
The Aspen Grove Trail

The Aspen Grove Trail
The Aspen Grove Trail

The Aspen Grove Trail above Timpanogos Basin
The Aspen Grove Trail above Timpanogos Basin

The ridge to Mt. Timpanogos
The ridge to Mt. Timpanogos

The final push to Mt. Timpanogos
The final push to Mt. Timpanogos

Nearing the top of Mt. Timpanogos
Nearing the top of Mt. Timpanogos

Looking north into the Wasatch Range from Mt. Timpanogos - Click to enlarge
Looking north into the Wasatch Range from Mt. Timpanogos

Looking southwest at Utah Lake from Mt. Timpanogos - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest at Utah Lake from Mt. Timpanogos

Looking northeast into Primrose Cirque from Mt. Timpanogos - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast into Primrose Cirque from Mt. Timpanogos

Emerald Lake from Mt. Timpanogos
Emerald Lake from Mt. Timpanogos

The ridge above Timpanogos Basin with Mt. Timpanogos on the right
The ridge above Timpanogos Basin with Mt. Timpanogos on the right

Emerald Lake and snowfields
Emerald Lake and snowfields

The Aspen Grove Trail
The Aspen Grove Trail

The bottom of the Aspen Grove Trail
The bottom of the Aspen Grove Trail

Topographic map of Mt. Timpanogos - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 189 Northeast from Orem, then take a left onto Route 92. Continue past Sundance Resort, soon passing a USFS pay station (if closed, an honor system fee station is at the parking area - $6 for a multi day pass in summer 2013). The Aspen Grove parking area will soon be on the left.

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