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Mount Timpanogos Wilderness

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Looking up toward the north cirque of Mount Timpanogos and its unique limestone rock formations.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • On the trail to Mount Timpanogos near Hidden Lakes.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • The summit of Mount Timpanogos from the saddle.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Stewart Falls can be seen from the Primrose Overlook.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Stewart Falls.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Stewart Falls.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Scout Falls, Timpooneke Trailhead. - Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Scout Falls.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Clouds creating some amazing contrasts on Mount Timpanogos.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • A view of the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • A view of the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Nearing the summit of the Timpanogos Glacier.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Incredible hiking views.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • Snowshoeing the Honeymoon Meadows area.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • This is wild territory not far from home.- Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique mountain landscape. Good wildlife including mountain goats. Great wildflowers. Close to town.
Cons: 
Can get crowded. Have to pay a fee to access many parts.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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At 10,518 acres, the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness is the smallest of the four that were established in the central Wasatch Mountains between 1978 and 1984. The unique and dynamic peaks, cirques, bowls, and ridges of Timp, as its called by locals, makes for one of the most challenging and popular peaks to scale in Utah. With multiple waterfalls coming off its slopes and the charming town of Sundance below, this entire area is full of rugged beauty with its unique and heavily contrasted layers of light and dark sediment. The local herds of mountain goats are a frequent sight here along with the occasional elk. Mount Timp has two trails, Aspen Grove or the Timpooneke Trailheads, which approach from opposite ends. Both lead to Emerald Lake and its wildflower-laden meadow below the final ascent.

Stewart Falls and Scout Falls are two of the finest waterfalls in northern Utah and sit on the eastern and northern ends of Timp, respectively. They can be accessed by the Alpine Loop, which is possibly the greatest autumn drive in the state. Heavy aspen groves and a ton of maple and oak cover the mountainside in a sherbet coating. The rugged terrain has pockets of glacial cirques and moraines that cover the limestone rock. Backcountry camping is commonplace especially for photographers looking for sunrise views who are trying to get a jump on the game. Witness the Primrose area from a beautiful overlook trail that starts off the Alpine Loop.

When the snow starts to pile up, the backcountry skiers and snowshoers converge on the area to recreate on the steep terrain this region provides. The Alpine Loop shuts down, but access to Sundance stays open year round for its winter resort. Just like the other three nearby wilderness areas, this is a year-round destination that has great aspects of what we all love about each season. There are less trails than the others, but the ones it does have are quite spectacular. Be sure to consult the regulations before doing any Leave No Trace backpacking in the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness.

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