Mount Timpanogos has a local Legend to it. The Legend is about an Indian Princess and an Indian Chief that were in love with each other. One day while the Chief was fighting in a war, an arrow hit him in his heart and he died. When the Princess found out about his death, she climbed to the highest mountain she could find and jumped to her death. The spirits of the Chief and the Princess went into the mountain to be together forever as Mount Timpanogos. To this day they are still part of Timpanogos. If you look at the slopes of Timpanogos that faces Utah Valley then you can see the profile of the Indian Princess laying down. If you were southwest of Timpanogos in Utah Valley and looked northeast to Timpanogos you will be able to see the profile of the Chief's face. The location of the face is just a little bit north of the summit. In the caves of Timpanogos there is a heart called The Great Heart of Timpanogos. This heart is the combinded hearts of the Chief and the Princess.
I love this! It should definitely be added to the main page.
An alternate version of the legend is that she was being sent up the mountain as a sacrifice, and was rescued by someone she thought was a god, but when he was later injured and she realized he was human, she completed her sacrifice by throwing herself off the mountain. The various legends are versions of a story once told at the annual pre-Timp Hike firesides by "Timp" Roberts.
Supposedly Karl Meltzer did the round trip in 1:58. I believe it after seeing him run. See:
Dork. He didn't tell me. I have been egging him on to do it for years. Good for him!
Since there are now several peaks here from the Timp massif, I was wondering if you had considered attaching them as children here. It's been done before to have mountains as children to other mountains. Anyway, it might be nice to have all the peaks grouped, though making a separate page to do it might not be necessary.
Bob, I've added a section for these other peaks on the Timpanogos page. Check the table of contents and note the section that is in bold print.
Not sure what the latest youth records are beyond what is mentioned on this site. My 12 year old son Kaden Hunter ran to the summit from the Timpooneke trailhead today July 26, 2010 in 2:13:40.
On August 28, 2013, Ben Woolsey climbed Mt. Timpanogos for the 600th time.
There's an old article in the newspaper (http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/local-man-wants-to-see-original-aspen-grove-trail-reopened/article_e50ae16b-d03c-5f75-84a9-c181cfae835f.html) about the original route of the Aspen Grove (Mount Timpanogos) trail. Caine Alder, the gentleman quoted in the article, has apparently since died. Phil Lowry did tell me where the access to the old trail segment is, and I found it, but after heading up the old trail through the overgrowth, and switchbacking the other direction awhile I got to a rock ledge where the trail seemed to disappear into a bunch of game trails. Does anyone know where the old trail goes from there?
While I'm posting, I'll add that I heard that after 50 years the Forest Service can consider structures to be historical. The Timpanogos Shelter at Emerald Lake is now over 50 years. It would be nice if people asked to Forest Service to restore it. TERT director Glen Meyer is encouraging them to do so.
I went back up later and figured it out. At the rocky ledge there was a big stick that looked as if it had been placed pointing uphill, to direct hikers up that way. Turns out that's wrong. It was just a stick that had fallen funny. The trail Mr. Alder liked goes on straight at that part.
According to Wikipedia (and several other sources), the elevation of Timpanogos is 11,752' (3,582m)? Listed here as "Elevation: 14743 ft / 4494 m"???
Methinks there's an oops here...
Yes indeed, a big oops. I can't believe it was listed as over 14K and no one noticed that before you. Thanks for the heads up.
A few years ago I went with a group of people from school to hike on the Timpooneke Trail to the summit of Mount Timpanogos. It was really hard and strenuous for me, so a little pass Scout Falls some others and I had to turn around and head back down. While going back down I got sick from over doing it, and yes I did puked. Other than getting sick and turning back, the hike was really excellent and I enjoyed it a lot. It was really beautiful and Scout Falls was nice and cold.