Monday, April 1, 2013

Hiking Trails

Bonneville Shoreline Trail 

Despain Trail

Hike the Y Trail
Hiking the Y should be one of the main items on your bucket list when looking for things to do in Provo. As far as provo hikes are concerned, it is definitely the most well known hike there is. Although you can continue up past the y and hike to the top of Y Mountain, we’ve included below only the information needed to the hike up to the Y.

Distance: 1.2 miles to the Y from the trail head, or 2.4 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

Difficulty: Opinions vary greatly on this one, so, we’ll say anywhere from easy to very hard

Description: Although not a very long hike, the trail to the BYU Y does go up a very steep part of the mountain. There are 12 switchbacks that do make the ascent easier, and to the experienced hiker, it isn’t very difficult. However, the great thing about this hike is that it attracts all types of people, and so some may find it rather difficult to climb. There are many areas where you can stop to take a break and catch your breath. The view from the Y is very much worth the short distance it takes to get there.

Directions: From 900 E in Provo, turn east (toward the mountains) on 820 North and follow it as it veers left and becomes Oakmont Lane. Take a right on Oak Cliff Drive and veer right. Take a right on Terrace Drive and a left to head into the “Y” Trailhead parking lot.

Directions: Head north on Hwy 189 (University Avenue) which will take you up Provo Canyon. If traveling from Salt Lake City on I-15, take Orem's 800 North exit 272 and head east to Provo Canyon. From Park City and Heber Valley area take Hwy 40 to Hwy 189. If traveling to Provo from southern Utah exit 263 (Hwy 189) head north.
Driving time: Bridal Veil Falls is about 10 miles from Provo’s Center Street, 15 minutes away.

Lone Peak

Climb to the top of this 11,000 foot Wasatch Peak which rises above Salt Lake City with a massive glacial cirque.

This is a fairly strenuous climb to the top of one of the tallest peaks of the Wasatch Range. Reaching the cliff-lined summit will require some scrambling up steep slopes and over boulders.

Mt. Timpanogos Hike

From Alpine Grove to Timpooneke Campground via Emerald Lakes, Timpanogos saddle.HIGHLIGHTS: Fall colors of beech and aspen forests, Emerald Lakes, Mt. Timpanogos peak, saddle and glacier, amazing vistas of Twin Peaks, Mt. Baldy and High Uintas region, Provo and Utah Lake as never seen before, cleverly created hiking trails...

Lone Peak via Jacobs Ladder

Lone Peak is the "notched" peak at the top of the huge mountain on the south side of the road as your traveling up Little Cottonwood canyon.  The peak is visible from most of the Salt Lake and Utah County areas.  All approaches to the peak are long with substantial elevation gain.  My son (Tyler) and I decided a couple weeks previous that we were going to do the hike.  A friend...

Rock Canyon to Squaw Peak

I thought that I would be taking a nice leisurely hike up to Stewart Falls from the Sundance resort. What transpired was a nearly three hour long journey which had me walking along the road for a good part of the time. This was partially my fault, as I just set off in a direction, hoping to hook up with the trail. But the map from the sports shop at...

Big Springs

Vivian Park, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.4 miles (9.2 miles away)

Rocky Mouth Trail

Overview:This short, family-friendly hike leads to a waterfall up Rocky Mouth Canyon. The trail is well-maintained and, despite being steep in places, is very easy.Story:We (Jeremy, Tara, Savannah, Shaun, Melissa, Jacob, Kylie, and Kate) hiked the Rocky Mouth trail to the waterfall on 7/2/2011. The trailhead is located at 11300 S. Wasatch Blvd. The trail...

Stewart Falls

Aspen Grove, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles (8.8 miles away)

Timpanogos Cave Trail

We finally got around to checking out Timpanogos Cave. A pretty tough walk up to the cave then a fun trip through 3 caves. Would have loved to do the tour of the cave again - perhaps next year combined with the picnic lunch 1/4 mile away and then a stop at the water park.

Alpine Sliding Rock

Alpine, Utah, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles (13.3 miles away)

Lone Peak, UT (Jacob's Ladder / Bear Canyon) 

I hiked Lone Peak with my 9 year old son and a good friend. We ascended following the Jacob's Ladder trail. While we had read that there was limited/no water July on, we found ample water at the junction (which cuts across to Outlaw Cabin) as well as further up the trail. At about 10k feet, we were heading off the trail to allow my 9 year old to use the "facilities"...

Mt. Timpanogos 

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Dry Creek Canyon

I decided to get one more good hike in before winter, and I chose Dry Creek Canyon because I have never been there before, and I have always wanted to explore this corner of the Wasatch. I arrived at the trail head around 8:30 and was pleasantly surprised to find only one vehicle. The trail is an old service road that was once used to maintain a pipeline that brought water to a...

Eiji Trail

Christmas City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 7.4 miles (1.9 miles away)

Squaw Peak

Pleasant View, Utah, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles (4.1 miles away)
We experienced rain, hail, and snow on the way up. The clouds obscured the view pic the valley. The weather was clear for the descent, but the muddy trail was slippery. All in all it was a fun hike

Rock Canyon Trail

Provo, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.2 miles (4.1 miles away)

A nice little hike up Rock Canyon. We turned around at the first bathroom in the picnic area. The snow was too deep at that point for our tennis shoes. Saw many people with snow shoes along the way. Only a snowmobile appeared to have gone as far as the picnic area.

Rock Canyon

I decided to take a lunch time walk from Centennial Middle School to Rock Canyon.  I'll hike then entire canyon one of these days.  It's been a few years since I've hiked the entire route, but I don't have time today and wanted to try out the EveryTrail tracker.

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