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Tibble Fork Loop

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • You can start the trail by walking along the lake for a short while from the main parking lot of the reservoir. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • The actual trailhead is a short ways east of the lake along a dirt road. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • Bridge across the American Fork River.- Tibble Fork Loop
  • The American Fork River flowing into Tibble Fork Reservoir. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • This trail has some really beautiful sights along the way.- Tibble Fork Loop
  • A red-rock style formation popping out of the landscape. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • While it looks like the trail continues straight, you actually want to take a right here assuming you are heading around the lake clockwise. The trail to the right looks like an eroded creek bed, but it is actually the correct way.- Tibble Fork Loop
  • A large meadow on the far eastern end of the trail. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • Head west (to the left) from the trail marking when going clockwise around the lake. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • Early spring means that the peaks still have plenty of snow on them. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • A panorama from the Tibble Fork Loop.- Tibble Fork Loop
  • American Fork Canyon has rugged and steep mountains galore. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • Tibble Fork Loop.- Tibble Fork Loop
  • Looking west toward Box Elder Peak (11,101 ft).- Tibble Fork Loop
  • This is either the end of the trail if you travel clockwise or the trailhead if you take the counterclockwise route. - Tibble Fork Loop
  • Finishing off the trail involves circling the lake.- Tibble Fork Loop
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Pros: 
Pretty views of lakes and peaks. Lots of side trails available.
Cons: 
Easy to accidentally get off the correct route. Much of the trail is heavily eroded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
7,200.00 ft (2,194.56 m)
Year round: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Total elevation gain: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,400.00 ft (1,950.72 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Tibble Fork Loop Trail circles around and behind the reservoir by the same name, up nearby foothills to a large meadow to the southeast. Along this hike you see the crystal blue colors of the medium sized lake from above with sweeping views of large mountain peaks in all directions. An official trailhead is located just a bit northeast of the reservoir with a bridge that crosses the American Fork River. The trail can be heavily eroded in portions and a little boring at times, but there are several spots that are seriously beauty. A large meadow at the far end of the hike is lined with aspen and pine trees, and you might see deer or an occasional moose strolling by. The whole area is surrounded by peaks, including Box Elder Peak, a local favorite. There are multiple side routes that break off from the loop, and it can be a little tough to make sure you are still on track, but overall it is not dangerous if you wander off the track for a bit. While hikers can take the loop clockwise or counterclockwise, clockwise is recommended.

Dogs are allowed on this hike. There is a $6 fee to use American Fork Canyon if you don't have a national park pass. There are endless other hikes, lakes, waterfalls and rivers in the surrounding area.

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