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Timpooneke Trail #053

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5.8 Miles 9.4 Kilometers

3,175' 968 m


-14' -4 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (15°)

10,527' 3,209 m


7,366' 2,245 m


Shared By Nicholas Shannon



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

Nicholas Shannon

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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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Nov 25, 2017
Chris Patterson
Not sure how far up I can get due to snow.
Aug 4, 2017
Jon Beplay
Jul 18, 2015
Jared Perkins

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Paul W  
One of the most popular trails in Utah, and it's being loved to death. Please do not cut across switchbacks, or litter. Also this trail is one of the most frequently visited by Search and Rescue, because too many people assume it's an easy walk up. Take a look at the Hiking Mount Timpanogos Safely web page before going up. Sep 26, 2017

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