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Hike up the Giant Staircase among beautiful wildflowers and mountain wildlife, towards Mt Timpanogos.

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Point to Point

10,527' 3,209 m


7,366' 2,245 m


3,175' 968 m


14' 4 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

If you camp, be aware that NO CAMPFIRES are allowed in Timpanogos Wilderness. Extreme caution should be used around any steep snow field, snow with water moving underneath, waterfalls, and/or cliffs.


Timpooneke trail is a beautiful trail that climbs steadily up the Giant Staircase to connect in with both the Timpanogos Summit trail and the Mount Timpanogos trail. A couple of waterfalls can be seen from this trail. The Timpooneke Trail 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 where it joins the Aspen Grove and Summit Trails. The trail provides numerous vistas to the north, including Silver lake Flat and the Lone Peak Wilderness. Much of the Timpooneke Trail is wooded and while it is longer than the Aspen Grove Trail, contains fewer steep sections.

Flora & Fauna

This delightful environment with breathtaking views and its profusion of wildflower color waits all who venture up these mountain trails. Visitors will see gorgeous blue lupines, penstemons, bluebells, and forget-me-nots; yellow alpine buttercups, daisies, owl’s clovers, and monkey flowers; red paintbrush and skyrockets; and white columbines, bistorts, Jacob’s ladder, and yarrow, as well as many other native flowers including the unique Elephanthead lousewort.

There is also an excellent chance of spotting Rocky Mountain goats in the Emerald Lake area.


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Nicholas Shannon

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Mountain goat grazing in Timpanogos Basin. We came face to face with him on the way down along the forest trail as we all sought cover from the hailstorm.
Jul 20, 2017 near Cedar H…, UT
Just getting started on Timpooneke Trail
Feb 3, 2020 near Cedar H…, UT
Resting on the way down from Timpanogos
Feb 3, 2020 near Cedar H…, UT
Mt. Timpanogos looms over the the last snowfield crossing before a hiker and his dog reach Timpanogos Basin.
Jul 20, 2017 near Cedar H…, UT
Looking down from the summit to the lake.
Jun 24, 2015 near Cedar H…, UT
Exploring Timpanogos Mountain
Feb 3, 2020 near Cedar H…, UT


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All Clear 96 days ago
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Jul 8, 2023
Marc Gephart
Could not summit with this group. 9.7mi — 5h 51m
Oct 2, 2021
beautiful place and landscape 8.9mi
Jul 31, 2021
Phin J
Turned off at the summit trail.
Aug 15, 2020
Heath Banbury
Timp Sunrise Hike 15mi
May 31, 2020
Cameron Calder
Elapsed time 8hr22min. Dry until 2/3 up. Run off covered trail which eventually became snow. Emerald Lake was covered in snow. Amber & dad. 11.2mi — 6h 29m
Aug 16, 2019
Caleb Frischknecht
Aug 3, 2019
Jacob Jones
Nov 25, 2017
Chris Patterson
Not sure how far up I can get due to snow.