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 Peak(s):  Mt. Timpanogos - 11,749 feet
 Post Date:  09/09/2009 Modified: 09/10/2009
 Date Climbed:   09/06/2009
 Posted By:  Aubrey

 Taste of the Wasatch (UT) – 2 of 3   

Too Timp-ting to pass up

Mt. Timpanogos, 11,749'
Wasatch Mountains, Utah
14+ miles round trip (some sources say 18 miles, but they're inaccurate), ~4,700 total feet of gain, Class 2
Timpooneke Trailhead


In some respects, Timpanogos is like the "Longs Peak" of the Wasatch Front. While it doesn't have the Class 3 aspect, it is a long and arduous climb that seems to garner a lot of attention. Maybe it's because Timp lords over Provo, beckoning people to climb it, just as Longs beckons Front Rangers.

After some people on 14ers.com recommended it, Jen and I were sold.

Most people climb Timp from Aspen Grove. But after doing some research, Timpooneke looked much more appealing because the scenery seemed to be rated similarly (save for some waterfalls), the mileage is similar and elevation gain is slightly less, and the trailhead is 5 miles closer (saving 10 miles of driving on a slow road).

Because of the nasty weather we had to contend with the day before on Pfeifferhorn, we made sure to get a good and early start on Timp. By 5:15 a.m. we were hiking with our headlamps through the dark forest. The time passed quickly.

The trail wasn't necessarily steep, but it gained elevation steadily and consistently.

The steep and wide valley slowly unveiled itself to us.

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Meanwhile, the rising sun painted some alpenglow on the peaks behind us.

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And then the peak finally showed its beautiful face to us:

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About that time, we found ourselves surrounded by a bounty of wildflowers. Every color in the Crayon box fought for attention.

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We continued up the easy-to-follow trail, soaking in the views of the mountain before us.

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It was nice to finally start working our way to the ridge. It wasn't nice to feel the wind picking up.

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Once we gained the ridge, the view to the other side -- Provo and Orem and Utah Lake -- was incredible.

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And so was the view of the mountain itself …

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Pushing through the cold and relentless wind, we eventually reached the "staircase" of tight switchbacks, which wasn't bad at all. Just Class 2, and more bark than bite.

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Here's a look back on our ascent route:

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Under a growing deck of dark clouds, we gained the summit at 9 a.m.

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We hung out for a few, and I really wanted to stay longer, but the weather seemed to be worsening, so we cruised after signing the register and wolfing down a few pizza-flavored Combos.

Up until that time, we had only seen two other people, which surprised us. But as we descended, we came across quite a few other climbers.

Me hiking back down the staircase:

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After getting down to that upper bench, we decided to take the side hike to the B-52 crash site, which we had read about. I was thinking we'd see some wreckage like the plane on "Romancing the Stone." Maybe I'd even come across an old bottle of whiskey or something. But there was nothing. Less wreckage than Roswell.

After that half-hour diversion, we continued the long hike back down to the trailhead, enjoying some waterfalls along the way.

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As we hiked back down, the skies cleared and it became hotter and hotter.

Sweaty and tired, we finished at 12:30 p.m.

Some say the mountain looks like a woman lying down, but I don't see it.

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Post-hike, all I wanted was some good food and a beer. Unfortunately, because it was Sunday in Mormon Land, nothing was open, so we had a really hard time finding a place to eat. After a few failed attempts, we just went to the only place we knew would be open, Squatters.

For extra credit, a couple days later we toured the caves underneath Timpanogos, which required a 1,092-foot climb to get to the entrance …

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I leave you with a shot of the Heart of Timpanogos:

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  • Comments or Questions (7)
habashua


Great report as always Aubrey     2011-02-04 17:22:16
The lady of the mountain isn‘t really visible from the west, but if you are looking at Timp from Heber City it is much more distinguishable. My dad used to always tell me about a legend of a indian princess, but I can‘t remember the whole thing. Beautiful mountain, and as always you do a awesome job documenting your journey up and down it. Thanks for the report.


kimo

Crayons...     2009-09-10 18:52:27
Great narrative - well done. Vibrant flowers in early September - mmm - I think the Wasatch just made my short list for Labor Day of next year. Timpanogos looks a beautiful and fun mountain - nicely photogenic too. The staircase is a neat novelty. Thanks for the report.


Aubrey


thanks for the replies!     2010-11-30 10:28:48
Habashua, we heard that Indian Princess story from a park ranger in the Timpanogos Cave. The Indians decided to draw to see who would be sacrificed (for rain) and the chief's daughter got the short end of the stick, if you will. But just before jumping off Timp, she met an Indian from another tribe, who convinced her to wait ... shoot, I can't remember the rest, but it was like a Romeo and Juliette type of story, which was good enough for the gods, bringing rain and snow ... and, eventually, ski resorts.

Glad to know it looks more like a woman from the other side, because I was beginning to wonder ...

Thanks, kimo ... I'm sorry if I keep contributing to your ever-growing list.


skiwall


beautiful!     2009-09-11 14:25:03
Great pics! Glad you guys made it on that one. I‘m a little disappointed to hear about the lack of plane wreckage... I keep meaning to get up there and check it out.


Aubrey


B-52 wreckage     2009-09-11 18:31:33
Thanks, skiwall. Oh, and if there is any wreckage up there, we completely missed it. But we hiked past the bathroom (which is somewhat dilapidated) and well into the basin/valley there, and we didn‘t see anything. After going back to the excerpts we read, everything just says wreckage ”site,” so maybe there isn‘t any wreckage to see. Perhaps they cleaned it all up.


Aubrey


Turns out it was a B-25 crash ...     2009-09-29 09:23:20
... not a B-52 crash as I read. And I guess we didn‘t hike out far enough. More info here: http://climb-utah.com/WM/timp.htm


lordhelmut


this is a sick report     2010-04-14 15:01:34
and im late commenting on it. After seeing it from Alta this winter, I need to get back there in the summer. Great report, interesting region.



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