Mt. Timpanogos (UT) Climber's Log

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Joseph Claghorn

Joseph Claghorn - Jan 20, 2006 1:01 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Trail Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!

It's well worth hiking up this very accessible mountain, and you can probably see the homes of 80% of Utahns from the top. Hiked right through a herd of 20-30 mountain goats.


eigerkidd1 - Dec 6, 2005 9:54 pm

Route Climbed: Everest Ridge Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!

Hiked partway up and bivied on the Baldy Sadle over night to allow for a quick acent the next day while the snow was still icey. Made up the the Step no problem--we decided the climb was safe enough without a belay. This is a beautiful climb and would do it again in a heart beat.


grunt - Dec 4, 2005 8:13 pm

Route Climbed: Timpooneke Trail Date Climbed: Labor Day 1999  Sucess!

A beautiful hike. Hiked steadily through the late morning and early afternoon, then enjoyed a windy lunch at the "saddle" to push on to the top. Great views of Utah and Salt Lake counties from the summit.

On the negative side, the trail was very crowded, and I noticed a lot of people uneducated in outdoor knowledge - unburied (or carried out) feces and toilet paper, water consumed untreated from streams and ponds trailside, shortcutting, loud talking, etc.


younkin - Dec 1, 2005 12:44 am

Route Climbed: Everest Ridge Date Climbed: 198?  Sucess!

I was able to complete the route twice, both times it was in Feb or Mar? We went around the base of the rock butress, we used no ropes, The Glissade down was the best part of the trip... Jim Younkin


Fuse - Nov 20, 2005 11:45 pm

Route Climbed: West Face of 2nd Summit Date Climbed: March 05  Sucess!

Approached from Dry Creek Canyon in 60 degree temps. Camped at snowline, and began climbing at 5am. Summited at 10, and skied 4000 vert of epic spring corn. Last 500-700ft to the summit are up to 45 degrees with several thousand ft of aire below. Skied down and hiked out that afternoon.


madjohnbo - Nov 12, 2005 12:40 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: October 8, 2005  Sucess!

Summited along with madsjim. His description is good.


madsjim - Oct 10, 2005 3:35 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: October 7,9 2005  Sucess!

We camped overnight inside the Emerald Lake shelter and found out that if it is windy you won't get to sleep because it sounds like a freight train in there. Summit was very cold with high wind gusts. I love it!


rockhop23 - Oct 8, 2005 5:52 pm

Route Climbed: Both Aspen Grove and Timpooneke Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!

I've summited this mountain at least 30 times given the fact that I was a back country ranger for the Uinta NF in my younger years. Still my sentimental favorite.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 28, 2005 9:29 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: July 7, 2002

backpacked to Emerald Lake and, amazingly, spent a beautiful summer afternoon, night, and morning there alone-- summited in afternoon and descended via "glacier"-- except for summit views of the sprawl to the west below the mountain, this was easily one of the most beautiful trails I have ever done


madsjim - Sep 7, 2005 10:54 am

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: 9/5/2005

I got a late start at 1:00 pm, but made it to the top. It was Labor Day and there were hundreds of people up there, but we had the summit to ourselves before sunset.

Summited for the third time July 4th 2006 from Timpooneke. I highly recommend this route rather then Aspen Grove, it is much more scenic and not as hard on the legs.

savery2151 - Sep 4, 2005 4:20 pm

Route Climbed: Timpooneke Trail Date Climbed: 9/2/05  Sucess!

We reached the summit on a beautiful day of hiking! Got an early start and only one other person beat us to the top, but we passed many people on the way back down. This is a beautiful hike and a very inspiring view at the summit.

Reach11 - Sep 3, 2005 1:05 pm

Route Climbed: Timpooneke Trail Date Climbed: 8/16/05  Sucess!

Also climbed on 8/23/05. Did both as an overnight, spent the night in Timp Basin. Heard 5 large rockfalls that night. Saw many mountain goats, and what a view from the top! Definitely one of my favorites. - Aug 21, 2005 12:11 am

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Trail Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

New PR 1 hr: 53 min:47 sec from parking lot to tin hut on summit. Conditions were perfect! Up Aspen Grove trail and down glacier. Glacier is solid ice early. Trails were kind of crowded. Only a couple snowfields to cross.


highpeakskier - Jul 27, 2005 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: Cold Fusion Date Climbed: 5-22-2005  Sucess!

Climbed the Cold Fusion Couloir, Skiied Forked Tongue Couloir. - Jul 19, 2005 11:36 pm

Route Climbed: Timpooneke Trail Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Time from parking lot to summit 2:24:11 hrs. Blew my Aspen Grove time out of the water! I hadn't done this route in about 15 years, and I forgot how cool it is! There is still a ton of snow, This route is much more "runnable" than Aspen Grove (less steep). With the amount of snow this year, this is the easier way to reach the summit vs. Aspen Grove, at least at this point. You don't have to deal with the tricky crossing from the Emerald Lake Basin towards the north saddle, crossing into Timpanogos Basin. I included a picture of this tricky section which is nicely visible from the Timpooneke trail once in Timpanogos Basin. While this is easily done with an axe and crampons or Kahtoolas and a little experience, it may not be for the less technically apt hiker. However, there are still a fair number of snowfields to negotiate. While most are not too steep, a couple of them require some caution. - Jul 3, 2005 7:15 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

Time to summit 3:06:54 hrs via Aspen Grove trail. Fun hike! My axe and Kahtoola crampons sure came in handy. This is definitely not your everyday average BYU student hike yet, but a little more involved. There is still a ton of snow. I had a sweet picture of the Emerald Lake Shelter with just the roof and chimney barely sticking out, but my digital camera wigged out while downloading to my computer. Check out my trip report (Timp with Tobasco Sauce) for more detail. Anyways, if you are heading up soon, definitely take an axe and crampons. The only spot that was a little sketchy being solo was the snowfield between Emerald Lake Basin crossing into the upper Timpanogos Basin. Steep snowfield that cliffs out below. The summit ridge is mostly clear, but a few steep snowfields remain covering some of the trail, so keep the axe handy on the final approach, and heading over the glacier saddle. Glacier headwall is steep, and a little corniced in spots but solid and not bad. I just down climbed the first few feet to be safe. If you want to do Timp with a twist, and spice it up a bit, now is a good time! No one had signed the summit log yet this year, infact the old 2004 log book is still in there so maybe I am the first this season that got to it not burried by snow.

TigerLily - Jun 20, 2005 7:06 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove Date Climbed: August 1996

This has to be one of the most beautiful hikes that I have ever been on. We got one of my Ex husbands famous alpine starts at 11 am ish. Ex because I was not using a grigri when belaying and sadly dropped him on his head. It really was an improvement now that he was dead. Just kidding, but the fantasy was fun to imagine.

Anyways, I carried my then 1 1/2 yr old son all the way up to the point just before you make the final ascent. Alpine starts have made for many failed peak baggings.

Anyways, the highlight of the trip was the amazing wildflowers and the mountain goats.


mountaingazelle - Apr 30, 2005 11:08 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove, Timpooneke Trail Date Climbed: October 3, 1999  Sucess!

Hiked up Aspen Grove with beautiful fall colors on the trees. The trail is very nice and less crowded in October. My hiking partners lagged behind on the climb up but were happy when they made it to the top. Lots of mountain goats on the cliffs and even a dead one that wasn't so lucky. The hike down would soon end in the dark. It's always fun to climb this mountain.


vanman798 - Apr 28, 2005 4:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2018

Multiple times  Sucess!

Aug 4, 2018 - Via Timpanokee trail with Peter, Brooke, and Hannah. John and Andrew hiked part way. Tonnes of people = 50 on the saddle, 60 sign-ins in the book - likely over 250 people for the day.

Aug 25, 2015: KLAS had a team building outing hiking Timp via Aspen Grove. 16 people. 4 hours up, 2 hours 35 mins down.

July 11, 2015 - Didn't realize it has been almost three years since the last time I was up here. No wonder I felt like climbing it again. Started out warm on the Aspen Grove trail, but as soon as I hit the saddle got blasted by the wind and it was cold for a summer day. Stayed cold from saddle to summit. Took 3 hours 20 mins up, 0.5 hours on the peak, and 3 hours 10 mins down.
Traversed Timp Oct 26, 2012 from Aspen Grove up to South Summit, over to main summit, on to Bomber and N. Timp and down the Cold Fusion Coulior. Took 12 hours 15 minutes.
June 25, 2011 - There was so much snow this year that even the Primrose cirque was covered all the way to Aspen Grove. So I booted it up that to Emerald lake then over to the 11,000+ ft (saddle between the peak and Bomber) and up to the peak. Here is was a Saturday in June and there was no one else on the mountain. The saddle was still cornice and a bit tricky to get over, but the rest was smooth. My friend accompanied me to the base of the saddle, and then I soloed to the peak.

April 17, 2010 - Sixth time but first time up Everest Ridge.


Oct 24, 2009 - For the fifth time.

Did it again Aug 9/2008 along with Roberts Horn, and South Timp. Ascended via the snowfield


August 1995 was the first time I pagged this peak, Sept 5, 2005 was the second time, and August 4, 2007 was the third time. At the top is a hut, and in the hut is a book one can sign. I started late in the day and arrived on top as the 120th person that day (according to the book). Popular hike! Age ranges in the book were 6 to 60-something.

Great views from the top! I don't suggest diving into the glacier run off lake (Emerald Lake) as I did in 1995...almost got hypothemia (jokes).

Good way to save time coming down is to slide down the glacier (perpetual snowfield really) that leads into lake mentioned above.


nebben - Apr 9, 2005 4:57 pm

Route Climbed: Aspen Grove trail Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!

This was intended as a warmup hike for Mt. Whitney in July. I was in awe of the waterfalls all along the trail (note: a tall waterfall hurts to stand under). A bit of snow left, which we trudged through from a little ways past Emerald Lake up to the saddle where trails merge. Overall another beautiful hike. Sundays are best: the BYU riff-raff are in church. In the end, Whitney was easier than Timpooneke or Aspen Grove least that was my feeling.

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