Timpanooke Loop - TRAIL

Timpanooke Loop - Trail, American Fork, Utah

A great trail for a quick after-work ride. It is on the ridge between American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon. Altitude gain is 600 feet, but is gentle up-and-down with short climbs. (GPS N 40 25.891' W 111 38.402') Starts in the Timpanooke Campground at 7000 feet elevation. Go straight south from the parking lot, (ignore the Great Western Trail branching off on the right)down the hill to the footbridge on the left, over the creek. The trail climbs through deep pines, then rolls up and down through Aspen, spruce, etc. You'll cross a few tiny creeks and beautiful meadows. You'll follow the Great Western Trail unil you reach Ridge trail 157, then turn right. (Left takes you towards the tibble Fork and Mill Canyon trails that descend towards Tibble Fork Reservoir.) You'll leave Ridge Trail 157 on the Salamandr Flat trail, descending some switchbacks to the meadow. Here you pick up the original trail for the return trip. Or you can follow Ridge trail 157 to the Summit Trailhead.
Some bikers are on the trail beginning in early May. Occasional snowdrifts and mud spots can persist among the deep pines until late June. This trail is good for late-season riding.
Getting there: From I-15, take the Alpine-Highland exit and drive 7 miles to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. Pay your $3.00 fee there. Five miles later at the fork in the road, go along the south fork of the river (to the right). About 4 miles up, there's a T in the road. Turn right into the Timpanooke Campground road. The parking area is on your left about 1/4 mile later.

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Bubbers   Weekend Warrior [Jan 02, 2007]

At first is was hard to find the trail because we tried to go up to the right (from the parking lot) instead of down to the left. The trail was very worth it. I took my begining rider brother and he made it just fine, though it was a good work-out.

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