Life is full of adventure. But sometimes you need to go out and find it. Mt Timpanogos can be one of those adventures.Life is full of adventure. But sometimes you need to go out and find it. Click To Tweet
Hiking is a favorite pastime of many people and it can be a wonderful adventure as long as you know what you’re doing and you be safe. Some people do it for fun, while others do it for health.
Whatever your reasons, or for no reason at all, if you’re a hiker and you ever visit Utah, where I’m from, you’ve got to try one of my favorite hikes.
This mountain trail is not for the faint of heart. You will hike 7.25 miles up and gain 1,000 feet in elevation. That’s 14.5 miles there and back, which could take anywhere from 8 to 13 hours to complete.
There are two things you want to be aware of when attempting this hike. One is the cold. Even in the summer, the top will be nice and chilly, so prepare for that. If you are attempting in mid-October, like I did, or even later, you’ve got to be wearing enough layers or you will freeze. I can only think of one reason to ever do this hike in the winter.
Nothing beats the winter scenes you will see on this trail. The bitter cold seems a small price to pay once you get up there and let your eyes take in all the beauty. My words can’t do it justice. I’ll just show you what I’m talking about.
Snapping these pictures makes almost the entire hike worth it. But there’s one part that will make you wish you never came, even though you got such good pics.
Getting to the top is what hikers do. If you don’t make it to the top then why even take the first step at the bottom? I’m honestly glad I made it to the top of Mt Timpanogos, but that wind is killer.
Most of the trail is protected. There’s a big mountain that acts like a wall on either the left or the right. But when you get to the top, the protection is gone, and the elements take advantage of that freedom. The bitter, cold wind will snap at your frozen (now) fingers and any exposed skin.
If you are wearing enough layers it won’t be so bad, but I had to hurry and snap some pictures and get out of there. Don’t forget to sign your name in the book that’s up there, just in case you never want to come back because of the cold.
Hiking can be massively beneficial to your health, but only if you’re really ready for the trail you are attempting. Mt Timpanogos is not a first-hike trail. It’s more like a fifth-hike trail if you work up to it.
Before I attempted this trail I had been running all summer and hiking on the weekends to train for a Spartan race I was entering at the end of October, the Dallas Ultra Beast. Even with all that training, this was the hardest hike I had ever done, so proceed with caution.
Bring all your hiking gear, snacks, water, good shoes, camera, and layers of clothing to stay warm.
There are so many beautiful scenes on this trail. Here are more pictures.
Hiking can be a great adventure, and there are so many great trails all over the world. If you want to find some good trails near you, get on AllTrails.com or download their app and start your next favorite pastime.
Thank you for reading and letting me share those pictures and my experiences with you. I loved hiking Mt Timpanogos and capturing these beautiful views. If you would like more content like this, sign up for my free email newsletter.
I know I’m not the only one who has been hiking. What trails do you like? What kinds of adventures have you had on your hikes? Let me know in the comments below.