Ascent of Mount Timpanogos on 2012-08-17

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Friday, August 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Timpanogos
    Elevation:11749 ft / 3581 m

Ascent Trip Report

In the UK, planning a family holiday in and around Utah and wanting to do some acclimatisation hikes before climbing the higher mountains, Mount Timpanogos kept appearing in travelogs and hiking guides. Now I know what those Utahns having been raving about.

We'd originally planned to use the Timpooneke Trail, rather than the route from Aspen Grove, because of its more gradual ascent (albeit over a slightly longer distance) and the frequent mention of moose near the trail. However, the night before the hike we discovered that its trailhead was closed for August 2012 to enable a major renovation and expansion of the car park.

So we approached from SLC via the American Fork Canyon road (State Road 92), the fee kiosk was closed but in any case we were exempted from the area $6 usage fee by displaying our 'America the Beautiful' card. In fact many cars were parked on verges near the Timpooneke TH but we didn't want to obstruct the road so we drove the extra several miles to Aspen Grove and used Trail No. 52 up the east side of the mountain.

The early Friday start avoided the crowds and we were rewarded with the sight of a black bear just above the lower falls. The maintained trail rises smoothly & gradually up to the Hut by the basin (where inquisitive mountain goats roam freely near the 'Timp Glacier'). Jill and Ceri elected to stay at the cabin while 'the boys' followed the increasingly rocky path, with a couple of small snow patches, to the north-west ridge and thence to the summit. The summit cabin gives fantastic views west over Provo & Utah Lake and in all other directions over adjacent mountains. A reasonably long hike (15 miles round-trip) with altitude issues for a lowlander but a lovely mix of habitats, a varied trail, outstanding vistas, and great sociability at the top and on the way down (not sure where all those weekend campers were planning on putting up their tents!)

Special credit is due to my oldest son who led the way in both directions and carried the backpacks of the more tired on the way down.
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Mount Timpanogos from the north-west saddle (2012-08-17). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4895 ft / 1492 m
    Route:Aspen Grove
    Trailhead:Aspen Grove  6854 ft / 2089 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble

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