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Scout Falls Viewpoint

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Scout Falls is a beautiful fingered waterfall you can hike to along the Timpooneke trail as a destination or as a brief detour on your way up to the first meadow or to the top of Mt. Timpanogos. This trail is to see Scout Falls from below and is only impressive in May and June. In the winter you cannot easily get there and during the later summer and fall the waterfall is less vibrant.

Directions

You can start at the Timpooneke trailhead or there is a shorter way I’ll explain below.

Timpooneke Trailhead

*New starting July 2023 there is a reservation system to park in the Timpooneke parking lot on weekends and holidays through mid-October from midnight 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 $6 plus a $2 reservation fee. Sign up at Recreation.gov

Begin at the Timpooneke Trailhead to do the longer version of this trail. Take the Chris Flat path that heads off to the right. The first part of the trail winds through the aspens.

As the path continues, it goes through the pines with that great Christmas tree scent!

The wildflowers along this trail are gorgeous!

Just shy of a mile in the trail opens up and there is a bridge that crosses the stream. There is a beautiful view of Mount Timpanogos.

Be sure to stop and look at the view of the stream. Here it is in the morning and evening.

Immediately after the bridge there is a double path that heads left up the hill to the left. That second image is the aspens to the right. If you take the shortcut you’ll be coming from there. If you continue that way you can head to the Julie Andrew’s Meadow.

Here is a map that shows the two paths. The darker path is the one described above. The shortcut is along Trail 180, which is an equestrian trail and joins to the road at Timpooneke Campground just above where the pavement stops. You can park at the campground or along the road if there is a space wide enough to pull off and not interfere with traffic. FYI, the sign that says “180” is on the right side of the road, but you’ll follow the path left from the road.

As you can see the shortcut makes it much shorter. The full trail is 2.3-3.0 miles roundtrip along depending on how far you go. The shortcut makes it nearly a mile shorter, so 1.2-2.0 miles roundtrip. The shortcut passes this sign. Take the left path of Chris Flat.

As you hike up the hill beyond the stream, there is a beautiful view of Mt. Timpanogos.

Timpanogos from Chris Flat

As you follow the double path (which eventually merges), stop to look behind you periodically. That is a lovely view too.

Scout Falls is clearly heard this time of year. It’s a beautiful view!

Scout Falls slows to a trickle later in the summer, so this is most impressive in June.

Stats: Distance – 1.2-3.0 miles roundtrip (depending on route)
Approximate hiking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 200-300 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – May (after gate opens) – October
Permits needed – $6 fee paid at ranger booth or National Parks pass (and additional $8 fee to reserve weekend or holiday parking in the Timpooneke parking lot)
Pets allowed – Yes

Other nearby trails include Island Meadow, Julie Andrew’s Meadow, Mount Timpanogos and Primrose Overlook.

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