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Pine Hollow Loop

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Even the parking lot has great views.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • Looking up at the northern tip of Mount Timpanogos.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • Timpanogos has many distinct looks depending on from where you are viewing it, it's a very dynamic mountain. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Timpanogos has many distinct looks depending on from where you are viewing it, it's a very dynamic mountain. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Checking out some of the many wildflowers along the way. Here is some wild penstemon.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • The Alpine Loop cuts through an incredible canyon. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • You do have to share this trail with a lot of different types of outdoor enthusiasts. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • The first large meadow starts and ends the looping portion of the trail. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Head left to keep on the Pine Hollow Trail. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Wildflowers along the Pine Hollow Loop.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • Aspen grove near the upper meadow.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • The upper meadow.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • The upper meadow is a great place for a picnic. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Mountain biker heading through some amazing terrain. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • The Ridge Connector Trail is along the return portion of the loop. The views through here are stunning. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • This trail has some amazing sights along the way!- Pine Hollow Loop
  • This mountain has a bunch of hidden pockets and cirques. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Alpine sunflower along the trail.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • Alpine sunflower and Mount Timpanogos. - Pine Hollow Loop
  • Salamander Flats Campground.- Pine Hollow Loop
  • Salamander Flats Campground.- Pine Hollow Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Wildflowers. Some shade. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Have to share with mountain bikers, horses & dirt bikers.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
7,850.00 ft (2,392.68 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,106.00 ft (337.11 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
March 15 to November 15
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking, Horseback, Motorized vehicles
Total Distance: 
4.30 mi (6.92 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,299.00 ft (395.94 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,744.00 ft (2,055.57 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Pine Hollow Loop is a surprisingly picturesque trail in American Fork Canyon. This trail gets some traffic, but it does not have a reputation as a "go-to" trail. The sights along the way make that a little hard to believe, however. One possible reason is that this trail is open for use to just about anything you can enjoy outside. That means you are sharing the trail with some pretty serious mountain bikers, horses, and even motorized dirt bikes. While you do need to stay on your toes during this hike it, is well worth the incredible views of Mount Timpanogos. This hike gives you a lot of nice variety and really good wildflower hunting during the early summer. A large meadow near the halfway point makes for a perfect place to have a picnic under the aspen trees. The views on the second half of the loop are incredible; you'll feel like you are in the Swiss Alps as you overlook several of the cirques of Mount Timpanogos. This area is also home to some of the best autumn color in the state.

The trail starts out as a straight route heading east called Pine Hollow Trail (Forest Trail 047), and when you get to the first large open meadow, take a left at the marker to stay on that same trail. A little while later you will be forced onto the Ridge Trail (Trail 157), which begins to loop back south, and then onto Ridge Connector (Trail 216), which will take you west. This will lead you through the Salamander Flat Campground, and you will finish off the last part of the loop by heading north on the Salamander Flats Trail (Trail 150). This brings you back to the first meadow where the loop begins. From there you can backtrack on Pine Hollow back to the trailhead. Fortunately, everything is very well marked on this trail, and the route is not as complicated as it sounds.

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