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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climbed the Cold Fusion Couloir, Skiied Forked Tongue Couloir.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 trails...at least that was my feeling.
Done this long hike about 4 times. First time was starting at midnight with most of my extended family - a very large group - gaining the summit to watch the sunrise. The upper meadows in full bloom are amazing!
At the mid-twentieth century, Mount Timpanogos hike was a great adventure for members of the Mormon Mutual Improvement Association and the Boy Scouts. It was an overnight hike and accomplished with the aid of flashlights and an added incentive to show off to the girls. I once tried to climb Timpie in mid-winter from Provo Canyon. Ronald Davis and I spent a night in a mountain tent at around the ten thousand foot level. A snow storm foiled the attempt when Davis refused to get out of his sleeping bag. The last time I hiked up Timpie was in 1956. I had just been separated from the army after a year stationed in France. During this period I went to Zermatt and climbed the Matterhorn. In my youth Timpanogos was thought to be the highest peak in the Wasatch at 12008 feet above sea level. You can imagine my disillusionment when I recently learned that Timpie had lost 258 feet of altitude and that Mount Nebo, a nondescript peak further south, was the monarch of the Wasatch.
Like Joe said, we redeemed ourselves for the sad failure from 2 weeks ago. Suprisingly we weren't the only ones up there! Two other climbers headed up the ridge that day. We also found tracks heading towards Glacier Notch and some ski tracks heading down the western slopes (partly destroyed by a more recent point slide). Both of these summitters had been there since the previous weekend since the snow received then would have covered their tracks.
I made it to the 'step' and reached the top of the cliffs, but due to lack of a safety line or second ice axe, I decided not to push my luck that day, although now I'm more determined to go back and finish the route!
Return: 1:30 pm
Always a great climb. I went with my thirteen-year-old brother who was visiting from Texas. He struggled a little with the altitude at 11,500, but overall it was a great experience for him and me.
This had to be one of the most physically exhausting routes we've taken on Timpanogos. The ridge is very stable, but very steep. The last 600 vertical feet are sketchy with large cliffs and loose rock. This section would be much easier with snow, ice, axes, and crampons. Easily the best views of any route up Timp--most rewarding route.
Sun, rain, snow, hail, goats, flowers, waterfalls and self arrest!
This is the latest of many trips to the summit and/or emerald lake area for me this summer.
Leaving early again so I could be at emerald lake just as the skies lighten, I was able to find a herd of goats and get several photos before continuing to the summit.
The summit was very windy. I wondered if anyone had ever fallen because of high winds.
Spending only a few minutes at the top, I was down at the parking lot in just over 2 hours and home by just after noon--in time to mow the lawn.