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Route to the Y

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 3.1 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great route that gets the blood pumping!


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Out and Back

6,177' 1,883 m

High

5,196' 1,584 m

Low

981' 299 m

Up

980' 299 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This route is great to do in the evenings when you can see the sunset over the valley; however, it is often more crowded then. Definitely plan on a good climb on your way up, and if you plan on watching the sunset, make sure to bring a headlamp for the way down as it's pretty steep!

Need to Know

Make sure to bring enough water! I've seen individuals using trekking poles for the way down, as the footing can be loose.

Description

From the parking lot you find a trail sign showing you a map on how to get to the top. Take the trail up the mountain following the switchbacks to the top of the Y. While the route is fairly steep, the trail is well maintained and commonly traveled, and it is impossible to get lost. If you don't want to go to the top of the 'Y' (as the trail shows on the map) you can just go to the base of the 'Y' by taking a trail that breaks off to the left near the top.

History & Background

The 'Y' used to be the largest college letter on a mountain in the nation.

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Blu Walton

Trail Ratings

  3.1 from 12 votes

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Photos

Beautiful sunset from the top of the 'Y'
Jun 9, 2016 near Provo, UT
Beatiful sunset from the top of the 'Y'
Jun 9, 2016 near Provo, UT
Sign at the start of the trail.
Jun 9, 2016 near Provo, UT

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Aug 11, 2019
Paul B
2.4mi — 1h 13m
Mar 19, 2019
Cynthia B.
Sep 17, 2018
Ricky W
a short but surprisingly hard hike over not very interesting terrain, but with a nice reward at the end. Consider continuing on to the mountain's p…
Aug 10, 2018
John Zenger
2.3mi
Apr 4, 2018
Thomas Barrett
2.5mi
Aug 22, 2017
David Watters
Jul 21, 2017
Charlie Jeffreys
A bit steeper than what I was ready for but it was worth the view 2.2mi
Jul 19, 2017
Simon Tennis
Classic hike. Not my favorite, but I've grown up doing it. 2.2mi — 4h 00m