Timpanogos Cave National Monument
For many locals, hiking the Timpanogos Cave trail is a several-times-a-week morning workout during the summer months. Timpanogos Cave is well-known for it’s interior cave, but the hike alone is as stunningly beautiful. Regular hikers obtain an identification card on a lanyard at the park office so they may regularly go up the trail without having to hear the safety talk every time. In the early morning, we have heard humming birds and peregrine falcons. We can leave from Alpine, drive up the canyon, hike to the cave, and be back to our home in about 70 minutes.
Canyon Nature Trail
This often overlooked walking trail goes between Swinging Bridge and the Timpanogos Cave Visitor’s Center on the north side of the canyon road.
American Fork Divide
One afternoon, a group of us hiked to the Divide bringing a nice meal to share for the evening. I had a date. Marvin Payne was with us. We brought formal wear clothes to change into. I had previously made bacon-wrapped chicken breast. Someone else brought artichokes and dip. Another brought cherry cheesecake. We returned home that night in the moonlight.
Watch for stinging nettle.
Silver Glance Lake
There is now (2014) a hiker-made trail to the lake. The lake is a little gem. Hike to the pass above the lake. Consider hiking Silver Lake to Silver Glance Lake to White Pine Lake.
There is a story of a Jeep tumbling down the steep slope where the trail makes a sharp bend. Mack Dalley brought a group of Scouts to the trail head in the rain. The road would certainly not be passable with a car. We got a late start so we were hiking in the dark. It was steep but cool. In the morning we could see the lake and the cabin and the mine dumps.
Hike of the Week: Pine Hollow
This is a great trail for snowshoeing.
Timpooneke to Scout Falls
Enjoy the Timpanokee Trail but without going to the peak.
Timpanogos is my wife Martha’s favorite hike. We carried Catherine and Daniel to the top when they were babies. Daniel kept biting my ear and laughing as he sat in the backpack. There was the time when relatives came along, and one person with bad knees had to be taken down by an emergency crew. It didn’t help that I mistakenly took her on a longer way down. We have seen mountain goats on the cliffs above the lake. We have gone swimming in Emerald Lake when surrounded by ice. By chance, we have seen friends on top that we haven’t seen for years. One time, we were stuck for a while in a lower meadow as we waited for a moose and her calf to move. Yes, and even we have slid down the glacier with a baby on the back.