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Scout Falls

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The Timpooneke Trailhead. - Scout Falls
  • Pit toilets are available.- Scout Falls
  • Right from the start you can tell this is one beautiful trail.- Scout Falls
  • Some signage along the trail.- Scout Falls
  • Passing the trail register.- Scout Falls
  • Hiking to Scout Falls.- Scout Falls
  • Sweeping alpine views from the trail.- Scout Falls
  • The trail is well trodden. - Scout Falls
  • Snow clings to the upper reaches of the surrounding peaks.- Scout Falls
  • Snow clings to the upper reaches of the surrounding peaks.- Scout Falls
  • Sizing up a potential snowfield crossing.- Scout Falls
  • Beautiful views en route to Scout Falls.- Scout Falls
  • Snowfield crossings may be necessary during high snowpack years.- Scout Falls
  • Dramatic cliffs across the valley.- Scout Falls
  • First close-up view of the falls from the trail.- Scout Falls
  • A small creek crossing.- Scout Falls
  • Gorgeous views of the falls.- Scout Falls
  • Scout Falls is a dynamic and beautiful waterfall.- Scout Falls
  • The views down the canyon are truly stunning.- Scout Falls
  • The water can be quite powerful during peak melt.- Scout Falls
  • The water can be quite powerful during peak melt.- Scout Falls
  • Making some lunch along the trail.- Scout Falls
  • Scout Falls comes in from a few different directions when flows are heavy.- Scout Falls
  • The views down the canyon are truly stunning.- Scout Falls
  • Heading back down the trail.- Scout Falls
  • Scout Falls.- Scout Falls
  • Admiring another falls.- Scout Falls
  • Hiking to Scout Falls.- Scout Falls
  • Open valley views from Scout Falls.- Scout Falls
  • Stopping to check out the flowers.- Scout Falls
  • Wildflowers flank the trail in spring and early summer.- Scout Falls
  • Wildflowers flank the trail in spring and early summer.- Scout Falls
  • Wildflowers flank the trail in spring and early summer.- Scout Falls
  • Wildflowers flank the trail in spring and early summer.- Scout Falls
  • Wildflowers flank the trail in spring and early summer.- Scout Falls
  • Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) in blossom.- Scout Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Absolutely beautiful. Not too steep. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Snowfield crossings in spring.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
737.00 ft (224.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,363.00 ft (2,244.24 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Scout Falls is one of the finest waterfalls in Utah, and it is located on the north side of Mount Timpanogos in a picturesque valley circled by alpine peaks. Heading due south from the Timpooneke Trailhead toward Roberts Horn, it becomes immediately clear the hike will be beautiful. If you head out in the early summer, you will be greeted with bright green valley walls and the iconic horizontal slate-style rocks that make up Mount Timpanogos. The trail climbs steadily. The views down the canyon are phenomenal as you look north toward Box Elder Peak and White Baldy.

The waterfall itself would be worth the hike, even without the stunning surroundings. During peak melt the falls drops from several different angles. After the initial drop, the stream continues to cascade down a series of boulders and then flow out of the valley. This place looks more like the Swiss Alps than northern Utah, especially if there is still snow on the nearby peaks.

There are great wildflowers, birds, butterflies and hummingbirds along the trail. Moose and deer also frequent the area. Like the Alpine Loop, this trail will provide wonderful autumn color. There is a $6 fee to access the trailhead. Keep Stewart Falls in mind, as well as the many other adventures in this area, since the trip to Scout Falls is so short.

Dogs are allowed on leash, and this hike can definitely be done by kids. There are some potential snow crossings depending on the time of year as well as some small creek crossings, but they are generally easy to make. Just beyond the trailhead is a three-way split. Take the middle fork, which is trail number 053. There is a weather protected map on site to help visitors navigate.

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