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Mountain Backdrop

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Mountain Backdrop is a scenic viewpoint along the Alpine Loop between Provo Canyon and American Fork Canyon. It is a short hike location designated on Google Maps so I thought I’d check it out.

It is nearly halfway between the Aspen Grove and Summit Trailheads and has a small pullout for about three cars plus another couple on the wide shoulder nearby, but it isn’t marked. It is part of the Lame Horse Trail that connects from the Aspen Grove Trail as on its way to Timpanogos Falls and heads up steeply to the Summit Trailhead where it is part of the Primrose Overlook Loop. Between these is this Mountain Backdrop viewpoint.

In this first photo I am standing behind the main little parking and looking at the generous shoulder that allows for extra parking. The second photo is standing at the front of the cars, looking at the trail.

Walk down the trail and in a minute you will see a trail that heads off to the right. This is actually the section of Lame Horse Trail heading to Summit Trailhead, but we will just take it for 50 feet or so.

Follow the trail until it turns right to head up the hill. Look downhill and you will see a beautiful viewpoint!

When you have appreciated the beauty, head back to the main trail and take it down a little further. This section is a little steeper.

On your left you will see a little homemade fire pit (please don’t make or use undesignated fire pits). Just below the other end of the Lame Horse Trail heading off to your left, before it weaves its way downhill toward the Aspen Grove Trailhead.

Instead take the little trail that heads right to a viewpoint just below the previous one.

I love zooming in on the colors!

Stats: Distance – 0.2 miles round trip 
Approximate hiking time – 5-20 minutes
Elevation gain – 30 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks 
Bathrooms – At Summit and Aspen Grove Trailheads
Seasons to hike – May – October
Permits needed – $6 fee paid at Ranger Booth (or National Parks Pass)
Pets allowed – Yes


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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