A beautiful trail with stunning views of the Wasatch range as you climb through open meadows and aspen forests past a number of small waterfalls until ascending to the summit of Mt. Timpanogos.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: This loop has it all. Families can hike until they are tired and still see so much.
Timpooneke Trail #053
is a beautiful trail that climbs steadily up the Giant Staircase to connect in with both the Timpanogos Summit Trail #054
and the Mount Timpanogos Trail #052
trail. A couple of waterfalls can be seen from this trail.
The Timpooneke Trail #053
begins at the large parking lot and stock loading ramp in Timpooneke Campground in the South Fork of American Fork Canyon, Highway 92, Alpine Scenic Loop. It begins in an aspen forest and goes past a beautiful forest meadow and mountain stream. Approximately 1-1/2 miles from the beginning, the trail passes Scout Falls where there is a rustic overlook. For those desiring only a short hike, this is a good turnaround point.
The trail continues up the Giant Staircase, passing a number of small falls and open meadows. As the trail climbs higher, it crosses a number of rocky slopes, eventually entering a large open basin below the final ridge to Emerald Lake. But before this final ridge climb, take a right on Timpanogos Summit Trail #054
The Summit Trail proceeds across a large rocky slope at an easy grade but then becomes steeper on the many switchbacks up to the summit house where spectacular views can be seen in every direction.
Once beyond the summit of Mount Timpanogos, you can either turn around or continue and make your way down the Snowfield Descent
. Be prepared with the proper safety equipment and knowledge before attempting a descent over the snowfield above Emerald Lake
Once at the base of the Snowfield Descent
, make your way over the ridge to your left on the Mount Timpanogos Trail #052
to rejoin the Timpooneke Trail #053
and return to the trailhead.