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.
All my life I had heard my dad go on and on about this mountain. When I finally climbed it with great expectations, I learned that all he said was still not enough to describe it. I was blown away everywhere I looked. The multiple peaks and cirques, the view of the northern Wasatch, Provo and Utah Lake 7,000 ft. below, the outrageously rugged west slopes, I could go on and on. The Arnica, Paintbrush and Lupine in the flats near Emerald Lake looked like someone spilled billions of gallons of yellow, red and blue paint. I've always wanted to return to this mountain.
Started about 2:00am at Aspen Grove, reached the saddle just before sunrise, beautiful views. There was some snow from storms the week previous, not too bad, except for the member of our group that chose to hike in running shoes; it was up to a foot and a half in spots. Quite windy. Enjoyed a summit breakfast and headed down the Timpooneke trail. Got to the Trailhead in American Fork canyon at about 12:30, drove home, and quickly found ibuprofren.
Ever since Dean put up this mountain, I've been looking forward to hiking it. I was not disappointed - great hike, great mountain, great views.
Made this hike more difficult that it is by bringing my 11 week old puppy. Had to pack her a few times, making a slow go at things, but other than that she did great. Hiked at night, hit the saddle in time for a bacon and egg breakfast (should have charged). Mass of mountain goats came down to spy. Pups made it to the top and crashed for an hour. Beautiful view of several different valleys from the top. Slid down glacier for a quicker jaunt back to the car.
Saw a moose cow and her calf. On the Timpanooke trail. This area of Utah, represents the southernmost range of the moose in the Americas.
This was a fun hike and the scenery was incredible! The approach was very scenic and there were numerous meadows and wild flowers. After reaching the summit we decided to descend via the snow field on the North side. While glissading down I scraped all of the skin off of one of my elbows..OUCH! When we reached the lake there was a teenage girl that lost half of her ass doing the same thing in short shorts..BIGGER OUCH!
9/1/10- Started at 10:45 PM from Timpooneke and ran most of the way up. Reached the summit in 2:15 and it was so COLD on top. Ran most of the way down, but I couldn't see very well, so I was slow. total time 4:20. Home and in bed before 4:00 AM and made it to work on time. So fun!
9/20/10- 3:00 AM start. Didn't pass another person on the way up (a first). Had the summit to ourselves at 5:00 AM. It was windy and cold on top. 1:45 on the descent.
6/29/12- With Jun32 and Matt. 2:08 up and 3:40 round trip
7/21/12- With Jun32 from Timpooneke. 2:02 up and 3:15 car to car.
9/29/12- With my friend Rob from Timpooneke. 2:04 to the summit on a perfect day.
7/3/13- With Jun32 and a group several others. This was done in the dark, so not super fast, but had a blast. 2:12 to the top.
8/23/13- With Jennilyn. Going for multiple ascents. Summit #1 was enjoyable, but it started to rain on us pretty hard a mile from the trailhead. 3:40 round trip. Took a break and went back up for #2. Got to the saddle and a storm was moving in, so we ran hard to the summit. Up in 2:15. Ran hard all the way back down to the upper basin and it rained most of the way. We wore ponchos the entire second lap. J-Lynn went for #3, but got weathered off at the saddle. We'll be back.
2014- 4 summits
2015- 11 summits PR 1:55 up and 2:55 car to car (Timpooneke)
2016- 16 summits including 6 in a day car to car on July 8th tying Davy Crockett for the most consecutive Timp summits in a row.
2017- 6 summits
2018- 5 summits
This is the crown jewel of the Wasatch. Too bad it gets so much traffic. Been on top many times. My favorite route is a big loop starting at Timpanooke TH parking lot but not going up the Timpanooke Trail. Instead, go up the jeep road past the campgrounds for 45 minutes, climb into Julie Andrews Meadow, go up the ridge North of Wooly Hole to North Peak (where there is a summit register) and follow the summit ridge South to the summit, come down the "glacier", pass the Emerald Lake shelter and descend Timpanooke trail back to the car.
Wonderful and cool summer day, hiking up from Aspen Grove. My hiking buddy took a nap at the shelter and waited untill I returned from the peak. We continued hiking to Timpooneke where we had a shuttle car.
I fell in love with this area. The hike through the waterfalls to the alpine scene above was awesome. Spent a lot of time on low angled snow slopes to get to the ridge. Fun hike, unique area!
Very scenic, fun hike. Very little patches of snow. I will be hiking it again in 2004.
A great hike.
Did it as an 8 yr old with my brother. Scared the crap out of me the first time! Reached it again as a warm-up for Kings. One of the greatest hikes in Utah, and I'll never get tired of it. If you like big mountains, this one's yours! Ran into a llama on the trail, left by someone. He wasn't a very nice one either!
An awesome Wasatch front peak! 2nd time up was jogging up with the local cross-country team.
Multiple trips up both Aspen Grove and Timpooneke trails. Both are long and very scenic. Hope to bag some of the secondary summits soon.
Weather was good, mostly sunny, though it was windy and cold at the summit. Lots of hikers on the trail, pretty typical for a summer afternoon. Great views from the summit.
I've been all over this mountain many, many times as it's the best peak in the Rockies.
The first time I climbed the peak was on July 4 1981, just after turning seven years old. Last time I climbed the peak was on August 30 1998.
Some other ascents (there are more than the ones below):
July 4 1992
September 29 1996
My most favorite mountain
Long day, beautiful on the summit
My cousin Dane Sorensen and I set out to climb to the peak as quickly as possible the summer after I graduated from highschool, and if I remember right we made it in 3.5 hours or so... I doubt if I could do it that quickly again, but it was amazing, the mountain goats were friendly, and I scratched my girlfriends name in the summit "hut"... It's time to go back and make sure it gets scratched out, if it is still there!!! I've never seen more beautiful valleys with such amazing flowers in my life! According to my cousin, they were in the middle of a serious droubt... could've fooled me! There was also remnants of an avalanche, and a little "ice cave" underneath the snow and Ice with a stream running out of it. Utah is trully a beautiful place.