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Timpooneke Trail to Scout Falls and First Meadow

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*Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays starting June 29-October late October there is a reservation system to park in the Timpooneke parking lot. Reservations begin at midnight and run through the next afternoon. In the later afternoons and evenings it will still be first come-first serve, but of course you’d have to be gone before the next reservation period. Weekdays are still first come first serve. The cost is $10 plus a $2 reservation fee. Sign up at Recreation.gov.

The Timpooneke Trail is one of the trails up Mount Timpanogos. It is also the starting point for other trails like Island Meadow and Julie Andrew’s Meadow. Here is the link if you only want to hike to Scout Falls. This one continues an extra 0.5 miles past Scout Falls to the First Meadow.

Directions

Take American Fork Canyon or the slightly longer Provo Canyon to the Timpooneke Trailhead, take the Timpooneke Trail. It isn’t too steep, but gradually winds it’s way through the aspens.

Periodically there are impressive vistas! In the fall the leaves are so beautiful!

If you go during the summer then they look more like this.

If it is June then you can see Scout Falls in the distance from fairly early on the trail.

The main section of Scout Falls is actually hidden, but you can see the fingers to the right and left and then the main falls down lower. There are also wildflowers most seasons. Here are just a few.

Parts of the trail will probably be bit wet. There are a usually flat rocks to step over the water.

In June there are still patches of snow, but only one small part that was easy to cross.

When you are nearly there, you’ll see there is a split in the trail that is covered by logs (seen in first photo above). If it is earlier in the summer, then go ahead and take a little 30 foot detour to see Scout falls from beneath.

It looks like there is a trail that continues, but it turns into scrambling up the rocks below the falls. Instead backtrack to the main trail.

Return to the main path and go another switchback. There will be another turn off that looks much like the first, except without the logs. There is a large tree with huge roots right around the corner. Climb over it to get to the falls.

In the falls are much smaller because it’s late in the season. If you go in the summer they look like this.

You can walk over to the closer falls, if you don’t mind getting a little wet from the spray. Of course it’s no problem when the falls dwindle.

To continue up to the meadow return to the main path. There is a little outcropping that you can go to for a cool viewpoint, both down and up. These ones are mostly from fall.

In June there is sometimes snow patches. Can you see the level outcropping ahead? The trail skirts all the snow, but you can see it’s still deep in the shady parts. The meadow is on top of it.

Just another few minutes and you get to the meadow. Once I saw three moose there.

If this is your destination, go ahead and take the little trail towards the edge for the view.

In June and July there are often wildflowers. They aren’t as spectacular as the ones in the higher meadow in later July and August, but they are still very pretty.

In June it is typically unsafe to continue much past the first meadow, because those snow patches are actually snow bridges, which means water is running underneath melting them from below! Looking up it sure is pretty though! The saddle is just left of the peak on the right side of the second photo and then the top of Timp is left of that.

Near the edge of the outcropping you can see the view!

Stats: Distance – 4.2 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 2 to 4 hours
Elevation gain – 1089 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At the trailhead
Seasons to hike – May – October
Permits needed – $6 fee paid at ranger booth (or National Parks pass) and additional $8 fee to reserve weekend or holiday parking
Pets allowed – Yes

Map to Timpooneke Trailhead

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We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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