Where: Alpine Loop, Mt Timpanogos trailhead
Grown up difficulty: easy
Five year old difficulty: easy
Length and elevation: This is a guess-3 miles and 800 ft gain
To see: aspens, mountain peaks, glacier, waterfalls
Busyness: not too busy during school days, busier in summer and on weekends
Note: This link is for the entire Mt Timp summit trail. The waterfalls are only 1-1.5 miles in.
This hike is a family favorite for every season but winter-only because we’ve never tried it in the winter. Most of the trail is actually paved, though narrow. You can see the waterfalls from almost the beginning. In the spring, many plants are covered with tent caterpillars. Flowers bloom all along the trail and the little valley behind Timp. There’s decent shade all along, and areas to sit and watch the waterfall once you reach it.
If you continue on past the first landing, you’ll come to a switchback and then to a second set of falls. These are my favorite, as you get a great view of the landscape and the falls are less traversed. I have tried snowshoeing with adults on this trail, but we lost the trail quickly and just played around. Depending on the winter, the trail may be covered with ice and you’ll need spikes or crampons. Usually we can hike this trail from late May through November. In September, be wowed with the changing leaves. It’s wonderful.
Faves: watching the foliage change through the year, the second set of waterfalls
Gear: carrier if you have a child that cannot walk the whole trail (Kinderpack is my favorite), fanny pack for snacks and bug spray/sunscreen, water bottle with carabiner to hook to chest clip, hiking shoes or sandals, kids’ hydration pack, hats