Mount Timpanogos Camp/Summit Aug. 2006


Jan 18, 2012
Alene, April, and Bill had planned a backpacking trip up to the top of Mt Timpanogos over a weekend we did not have Caiden, however I had a football game to coach that Saturday and opted to back out of going with them. I was a little jealous because I had not had a chance to try out our new backpacks we each purchased.

Saturday morning Alene packed her bag and headed down to meet up at the trail head with April and Bill. I went up north to Centerville to coach my scrimmage, but it ended much sooner than I though, so I had this burst of energy and thought I could catch them. By the time my scrimmage ended they were already on their way up the trail, but it didn't deter me. I did not know much about the trail up to Mt Timp, but I was able to call them and find out where they started from and how to get up there.

Alene getting ready to leave the house

April and Bill on the hike up

They passed many waterfalls along the way

Looking back toward Aspen Grove and Sundance

It starts to thin out a bit and you start to see the mountain goats

More waterfalls

Looking up at the summit shack from below at Emerald lake

The TERT shack. Lots of packs stored in here for people that are doing the summit

Emerald Lake and the glacier. If you look closely you can see two people coming down the glacier. It gives you an idea how big it is.

Looking back at Heber Valley

Setting up camp; Bill constructed some chairs out of rocks in the area

The runoff from Emerald lake

I arrived at the Aspen Grove trail head around 6pm or so, threw my pack on my back and set my ipod to "shuffle" and started high-tailing it up the trail. They actually had some cell phone coverage up there so I had occasional contact with them on my way up. As I worked my way up to the top it got really dark and cold and I was dripping with sweat, which made me even more cold. For the last mile or two I hiked in pitch black with nothing more than my headlamp on. It got a little scary because at times you had nothing to follow but some worn talus rock and in the dark it's hard to find. At one point Alene and April were able to reach me on my cell phone and decided to start hiking down to me. We met up about 1 mile from our campsite and I was glad to see them. I was tired and soaking wet and COLD.

When we got to camp we quickly ate our backpacker meals and shared the same broken fork with only two prongs on it (we all forgot to bring utensils). After eating it was late, I was beat from the fast pace of hiking, and we all went to bed. I was still very wet from the hiking and it became VERY cold high up on that mountain and I started to shiver like crazy in my sleeping bag. I remember not really sleeping well that night.

The next morning we packed up and parted ways as April and Bill had to be somewhere and could not do the summit. Alene and I stored our packs in the TERT shack and worked our way up to the summit.

Beginning our trek on up outside the TERT shack

At the saddle before making the push up the rocky route to the summit. There were surprisingly a lot of people up here, even some runners

The route on up - Even though the summit was only at 11,750', I had to stop what seemed like every 10 steps because my head was hurting and I was tired. I could not believe a few of the guys I saw RUNNING up this trail. They had to be in phenomenal shape to do that. I was in terrible shape, so it made sense that I had to stop often.

Getting close to the summit

In the summit shack

Taking a break

Looking down on emerald lake (near where we camped)

Looking back at Heber Valley

Back at the TERT shack and ready for the steep hike down

More mountain goats

We were really sore coming down the mountain as it takes its toll on your knees. It was a fun experience and I can't wait to get back and do it again. I need to get my butt in shape first however!

Featured image for slideshow:
I now have it on my list for this year!!! Any recommendations for time of year or gear?
I now have it on my list for this year!!! Any recommendations for time of year or gear?

We did it in August. It's my only time I've done it, but I believe Summit has done it during other times of the year. Even in August it was still pretty cold up there at night at such a high elevation. If I were to do it again I'd likely just try another August or possibly a late July trip up.

As for gear, I was rocking some seriously heavy gear that year, but you basically need a relatively small/light tent, a 20-30 degree bag (depending on how cold you get) and a sleeping pad. The lighter the gear, obviously the easier the hike because it's about 4-5 miles up to the emerald lake area (where you will camp, then stow your pack), then another 2-3 miles from there to the summit. Keep in mind that many people do the summit in one day, so that's always a possibility. However backpacking it makes it more of an adventure.
I now have it on my list for this year!!! Any recommendations for time of year or gear?

Really just depends on the snow level. August last year there was still a ton of snow but it was totally doable.

Never Never NEVER do Timp on Friday night, Its HUGE for scouts and..... well..... in Utah County. Friday nights there can be 30-40 people up there camping then on Saturday night there will be 2 or 3.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
WasatchWill Mount Timpanogos - August 2013 Backpacking 4
Ndheiner Mount Timpanogos conditions 2013 Trip Planning 4
scatman Mount Superior - July 14, 2023 Hiking & Camping 16
scatman Mount Raymond - July 8, 2023 Hiking & Camping 17
scatman Mount Aire - June 17, 2023 Hiking & Camping 23
ANelson Hiking to the Top of the Henry's (Mount Ellen) August 2022 Hiking & Camping 10
scatman Mount Olympus - March 18, 2023 Hiking & Camping 3
scatman Mount Wire - February 25, 2023 Hiking & Camping 15
scatman Mount Wire Loop - 2003 and 2016? Hiking & Camping 13
scatman Mount Aire - June 18, 2022 Hiking & Camping 6
scatman Mount Wire - April 30, 2022 Hiking & Camping 6
Yvonne Climbing Mount Saint Helens via Monitor Ridge Route, July 2021 Hiking & Camping 16
scatman Mount Olympus - January 17, 2022 Hiking & Camping 6
scatman Mount Wire - January 1, 2022 Hiking & Camping 8
scatman Mount Van Cott - December 18, 2021 Hiking & Camping 25
scatman Mount Wire - December 11, 2021 Hiking & Camping 12
scatman Mount Olympus - November 13, 2021 Hiking & Camping 11
scatman Mount Wire and Mount Van Cott Lollipop Loop (or the Foothill Follies) - November 6. 2021 Hiking & Camping 20
TheMountainRabbit Horse Ridge to Mount Febbas (Fitzpatrick Wilderness) - July 2021 Backpacking 24
scatman North Summit, Mount Olympus - July 3, 2021 Hiking & Camping 12
scatman Mount Raymond and Gobblers Knob Lollipop Loop - June 18, 2021 Hiking & Camping 17
scatman Mount Aire and Unnamed Peaks 8490 and 8319 Lollipop Loop - June 12, 2021 Hiking & Camping 11
Udink Mount Belknap and Bullion Canyon Hiking & Camping 3
scatman Mount Aire - January 2, 2021 Hiking & Camping 4
scatman North Summit, Mount Olympus - October 17, 2020 Hiking & Camping 16
norwegianxplorer Summiting Mount Whitney from Guitar Lake, 6 Days backpacking the Sierra before the Creek Fire closed everything down. Backpacking 5
scatman Mount Nebo - August 6, 2020 Hiking & Camping 13
SteveR Mount Burke, Alberta Hiking & Camping 5
scatman Mount Raymond via Bowman Fork - June 27, 2020 Hiking & Camping 6
J Mount Nutt Wilderness Cave Spring Area dayhike Nov 26, 2019 Hiking & Camping 0
scatman Mount Olympus - November 10, 2019 Hiking & Camping 1
BJett Mount Rogers National Recreation Area - Virginia Backpacking 18
TractorDoc Three Days at Mount Rainier in late July. Hiking & Camping 10
TractorDoc Mount Rainier in Late July -- Day Hiking Meet Up (Members Only) 0
scatman Mount Aire - September 23, 2018 Hiking & Camping 11
stevecochranephotography Blue Lakes Trail... Southwest Colorado in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Hiking & Camping 9
stevecochranephotography Notch Mountain Trail - Mount of the Holy Cross and Shelter - Minturn, Colorado Hiking & Camping 4
Dave Mount Watson Hiking & Camping 12
scatman Mount Olympus - April 5, 2018 Hiking & Camping 15
AbinadiWitness Part 1: Telluride Via Ferrata and Mount Sneffels SW Ridge from Blue Lakes- Colorado Trip # 1 - 2017 Backpacking 0
Udink Deadman Point, Haystack Mountain, and Mount Tukuhnikivatz Hiking & Camping 3
misSOULa Montana's Pintler Wilderness: Goat Flat and Mount Tiny Backpacking 6
Devin Ashby Mount Agassiz Beta Trip Planning 4
scatman Mount Olympus - February 20, 2017 Hiking & Camping 9
scatman North Summit of Mount Olympus - November 6, 2016 Hiking & Camping 8
IntrepidXJ Mount Tukuhnikivatz Hiking & Camping 6
Udink Mount Peale Hiking & Camping 4
Udink Mount Sneffels and Handies Peak Hiking & Camping 4
blueeyes Winter Snowshoe Mount Baird, ID April 23-24 2016 Backpacking 10
Bryan Harwood Glacier National Park: Wintersun on Mount Brown March. 2016 Hiking & Camping 4

Similar threads