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Stewart Falls Trail

Mount Timpanogos Wilderness

Southern Wasatch + Sevier Valley, Utah

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  • The parking area near the trailhead.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • The Stewart Falls Trailhead.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Most of the elevation gain occurs in the first part of the trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Open views along the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • There are a few aspen groves on the way to the falls.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Fall colors beginning to show along the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Looking up toward one of the several cirques of Mount Timpanogos.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • The rock slide section of the trail indicates you are getting close.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Stewart Falls from the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Taking in the fall colors along the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • The trail continues down to the base of the falls.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Looking down toward the town of Sundance.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Looking up at the falls from the base. Flows diminish later in the season.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Another small waterfall to the south of Stewart Falls.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Stewart Falls.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Fall colors along the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • The Stewart Falls Trail is great for a run.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Dogs are allowed on the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • There are some amazing autumn colors on the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Fall colors along the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Clouds creating some amazing contrasts on Mount Timpanogos.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Beautiful views from the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • A fall panorama from the Stewart Falls Trail.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • Stewart Falls from the air.- Stewart Falls Trail
  • - Stewart Falls Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning in all seasons. Not too difficult.
Cons: 
Crowded at times.
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Region:
Southern Wasatch + Sevier Valley, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
984.00 ft (299.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,892.00 ft (2,100.68 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located near the base of the mighty Mount Timpanogos, Stewart Falls is the flagship landmark of the quaint and charming town of Sundance. While you can get a great view of the falls from town, you really should take the trail to get up close and personal with the multi-tiered cascade. Starting from the beginning of the Alpine Loop Scenic Drive, the trail does not have major elevation gains and is short enough for most skill levels, making it a popular hike for tourists as well as locals from the nearby town of Provo. Autumn is an excellent time of year to make this hike as the aspen, cottonwood, and maple trees transition into brilliant colors along with the lower brush. Additionally, the slight chill in the air keeps you cool along the way.

The trail begins to pick up most of its elevation gain in the first half a mile, but it quickly levels out as you approach the first grove of aspen. The trail has a decent amount of tree coverage, which is ideal on hot summer days, and you can even bring the pups along for the adventure. As you head toward the falls you get great views of the town of Sundance below as well as the Timpanogos cirques above. Sunset occurs up and over the hill, so sunrise or morning can be the prettiest and sunniest time to go.

Once you get close to the waterfall the trail begins to get a bit more technical and starts to descend, allowing you to get to the base of the falls with a few quick switchbacks. In autumn the water flow decreases steadily, which makes interacting with the area less dangerous. The 200-foot tall waterfall comes down as a stepped cascade with a large bowl near the bottom, creating a unique formation to impress any nature lover. The base of the falls is a great place to grab some lunch when the water is not flowing too hard.

The beauty and magic on this trail are undeniable, and it is an absolute must for anyone in the area. There are many hikes, sites and features in the vicinity, so don't stop just with this trail. Driving the Alpine Loop, exploring the town of Sundance, and hiking Mount Timpanogos are all worth your time should not be missed if you have the option.

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