When you reach the top, you'll be at 11,749 feet above sea level!! It's a 4,389 foot climb in 15 miles RT. You don't have to go all the way but it's one GREAT hike!! It was easier than I thought it would be. I've always been intimidated with hiking this mountain but it's NOT short and steep, rather it's a longer, more comfortable climb. There are many hikes we do that are short and steep but this is not one of them. Everyone should experience Mt. Timpanogos even they want to hike a mile and half to Scout Falls and stop there! It's all gorgeous and spectacular! A "must do" hike every August! The colorful wild flowers are out in force for only a short season so bring a camera and try to capture some of the beauty!
American Fork Canyon just 30 minutes from SLC.
Trekking poles and 2-way radios are invaluable.
If you can't get to Switzerland to hike the Alps this year, go hike Timp!! It's the next best thing and the ONLY hiking trail in Utah that comes the closest to hiking the Alps in Switzerland!!
About Timp: Mt. Timpanogos is 14.8 miles RT to summit, 13 miles RT to saddle, 4,389 ft. to summit, elev. at trailhead is 7,360 ft. Mostly shaded below 8000 ft. Fully exposed to sun above 9500 ft. The trail has plenty of traffic on weekends but hardly any on the weekdays! At least 4 liters of water required. Not that many places to filter water above 8000 ft. Hiking time 6 - 11 hours. Plan to take some time and enjoy the views on the saddle and on the summit. Allow yourself plenty of time to get up AND down. Coming down the mountain can result in injurys if you don't pay attention to the trail since you are more tired and may not be as careful as you were early in the day.
This hike is one EVERYONE should experience - if only for a short 1 hour hike to Scout Falls. Get acquainted with Mt. Timp!! This is the "Grand Daddy of them all" when it comes to hiking trails! No one is required or expected to go to the saddle or summit. Just enjoy this magnificent mountain!