Went up Timpooneke and then down Aspen Grove. It was crowded, but not terribly so. We saw moose and mountain goat (which were knocking rocks off the ridge they were traversing near the saddle down onto the trail below, watch out!). Summit view was as good as advertised.
I would highly recommend this route if the elevation gain and distance seems daunting. The Timpooneke trail is slightly longer but starts from a higher elevation trailhead, so the ascent is just a touch easier. Then by descending via Aspen Grove, you get to see all of the fantastic views that route has to offer while on the (easier) way down.
Hiked up via Aspen Grove in 1999 and glissaded down the snowfield to Emerald Lake. Hiked up via Timpooneke in 2001 and 2008. In '08 we saw three mountain goats near the trail, not far from the summit. Beautiful scenery all the way up (both routes), and amazing views as soon as you hit the saddle.
We climbed and summitted. We had a really good time. As for current conditions, ice axes and crampons would be highly recommended. Clothes to put on to glissade down are mandatory. From the first meadow to the saddle - Timpanooke and Aspen Groove are COMPLETELY under snow - COMPLETELY. From the Saddle to the Hut - all clear. A front side approach would be easier than the back side right now. If you want the normal leisurely walk up the back side, wait until mid to late August.
Ive climbed Timp many times.
Took the weekend off from county highpointing and hit Timp. Left Aspen Grove trailhead around 3:30 am in order to make the top by sunrise. Sunrise, mountain goats, avoiding heat and crowds made the early start worthwhile.
09/01/06 Up one way down the other with Kim, Neo and Samatha
05/20/06 Kim and I joined the WMC to do this one in order to carry some heavy packs in an effort to condition for Mt. Rainier. Great time. And the beginning of many more trips with the WMC
06/21/06 Via Timponeeke. Kim and I and our dogs made it too! (or is that four)
05/31/14 True mountaineering, negotiation of a cornice, got main summit, walked the ridge south, back to main summit, over Bomber and down. One of the best days of my life.
Haben Sie schon einmal wissen, dass Sie mein Held bist
Und alles, was ich sein möchte?
Ich kann höher als ein Adler fliegen
Für Sie sind der Wind unter meinen Flügeln
07/14/17: Brent and Michael
Seven summits. Most trashed wilderness area I have been to. Avoid crowds by doing winter ascents.
You can't even tell you're gaining elevation. Easy, beautiful route. Numerous mountain goats. Numerous goofballs using their cell phones on the summit.
Liked timponeeke side better--seems to be a moderate climb. Climbed it twice: once in 2000, another in 2008. First large mountain I hiked--but both times I was in horrible shape. Still made it.
I hadn't been up in a few years...since I started running peaks regularly. I was well impressed by the views etc. that I guess I had undervalued in the past. Man this mountain is runnable! Made it from the saddle to the summit in 12:31 and back from Summit to saddle in 6:36. Entire descent under an hour (cruising to the outhouse and then bombing the rest of the way). My first run up was at age 10...this was summit #6 I believe.
1x in 2008,
4x in 2009,
2x in 2010,
2/12/11 via Everst Ridge
00/00/00- via timpanookee with Ben, Eli and Nat. Camped on the first shelf
6/08/13 via Timpanookee with my dog Nebo. 3 hr 5 mins up, 2 hours down
06/14/14 via Timpanookee and down the glacier with Natasha and Nebo
07/30/17 via a ridge by the Grudge, Traverse to summit
10/12/2010 Started at the Aspen Grove TH. First climbed East Peak (10791), then went over to Roberts Horn, then on to Timp, then to South Timp (11722), back over Timp and back to TH. Perfect fall day.
8/2/1999 From Timpooneke with lesdubois.
My wife called my BS when she asked if it was too hard for her to hike. I said yes, so I had to go up again. Awesome hike again
This was my first peak and it was AWESOME! What a beautiful hike. Full of scenery, wildlife and fresh air.
Great summit on a beautiful mountain. Cole's (7 years old) second 11,000' summit. He did great making it to the summit and struggled coming down. Time to make an investment in a good pair of hiking boots for Cole. :) Good friend Rob Seitz joined us and did great.
I've been all over the mountain, and to the shack 4 times - 2005 w/ Nate, 2007 w/ Jay and Chris, 2009 w/ Doug and 2009 again with local scouts.
Started from Aspen Grove and was welcomed by a gorgeous sunrise. The weather was perfect. The billy goats were everywhere at the upper meadows. One of the best hikes in the state. Beautiful place.
Goats everywhere it seemed.