Utah Wilderness Association
The United States Congress designated the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 10,527 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Utah
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Part of the Wasatch Mountain Range, situated between American Fork Canyon on the north and Provo Canyon on the south, Mount Timpanogos Wilderness offers abundant rugged terrain embellished with waterfalls and summer wildflowers. You'll find forget-me-nots, alpine buttercups, bluebells, and columbine blooming in high alpine meadows. There are also outstanding glacial cirques and moraines. Below the tree line are forests of aspen, Douglas fir, subalpine fir, limber pine, Gambel oak, maple, and chokecherry. You'll have an excellent chance of spotting Rocky Mountain goats in the Emerald Lake area, as well as mule deer, elk, and moose. In early summer the rapidly melting snow can cause dangerous high water stream crossings. As this flowing water melts snow and ice beneath winter created avalanche piles it often creates snow bridges. You should avoid exploring or playing on these dangerous bridges because they may suddenly collapse. There are about 17 miles of maintained trails accessible from two trailheads: Timpooneke and Mount Timpanogos. Both trails lead to the summit of Mount Timpanogos at 11,753 feet. The stretch between Timpooneke and Aspen Grove is 12 miles long and passes through the heart of the area. Due to high use on Saturdays and Holidays from July through mid-September parking may not be available at either trailhead. To avoid the congestion it is suggested to plan your hike Sunday-Friday during this time frame.