A spur-of-the-moment hike of the Timpooneke Route on 9/18/04 (decided to to it when my friend and I were bored at a latenight pizza party) is what got me hooked on hiking and climbing.
Hiked the same route with my brothers and Dad on 7/31/10 (see "Timpooneke Semi-Loop" trip report for details).
Finally took the Aspen Grove route on 7/18/16, which I feel is the more scenic of the two (see "Aspen Grove Semi-Loop" trip report for details).
With a name like "Everest Ridge" and a crux named "The Step" we just had to visit this route. We were underwhelmed. After gaining the summit ridge by a direct line my parner queried, "What Step?" We were back to the car in under 10 hours.
This is one of the best hikes in the state. It's got a little bit of everything.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Summited along with madsjim. His description is good.
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!
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.
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.