Ascent of Mount Timpanogos on 2013-07-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Timpanogos
    Elevation:11749 ft / 3581 m

Ascent Trip Report

Th 0640, summit 1015-1130, th 1425. From E, Emerald Lake, Nw ridge, Se top. 6.75 miles.

Climbed fairly leisurely the day after Kings Peak which I dayhiked with Alan Bernier.

Slept at trailhead (found OK using Petter Bjorstad's report, no road map whatsoever!), bought self service recreation pass. There was a rescue that evening: apparently a group were at Emerald Lake, got wet in the heavy evening rain and didn't feel able to hike down unaided. I slept through it - all quiet next morning.
Left trailhead (N40.40466 W111.60532, 2096m, R of sign board) 6.40 a.m., good trail heads W into Primrose Cirque, early on route a R and L turn well signposted. Early section of trail has been partly paved, presumably to aid access to the first two waterfalls. Higher up, at one of several main stream crossings, it's possible to walk behind one of the falls (N40.39895 W111.63014, 2780m). The trail climbs in fairly tight zigzags with many shortcuts and choices. On the way down I followed the main trail where I could, for Gps track purposes, although it's not always clear where the official trail is. Plant life is plentiful; also butterflies later on the way down.
Once above the cirque, Emerald Lake is soon reached and, keeping R of the lake at a trail junction, the shelter (N40.39400 W111.64045, 3166m) is reached in a couple more minutes. Beyond the shelter, the trail crosses a boulderfield for some distance, rubbly underfoot but well made and easy to follow. A nice array of peaks to NE.

A couple of patches of late lying snow easily crossed, then trail rises more steeply, angling R then joining another trail and cutting back L at N40.39695 W111.65467 to reach an arete. At this point, Utah Lake and its surrounding towns are visible below and the peace of the mountain is exchanged for an urban hum.

Trail follows ridge SE then at N40.39316 W111.65253 ascends a steep rocky gully/reentrant in tight zigzags. Above, it's a simple hike, past a dozen early morning goats, to the rocky summit, which is dominated by a small metal cabin with a pointed roof. The highest point is a graffitied rock N40.39097 W111.64597 next to the bench mark (Ref Marker Timp No 2). The summit register is soaked through from last nights rain so, being apparently first today to summit I take it out into the sun to dry (replacing it later before I descend; I'm asked if I'm the person who keeps the Register!).

The summit ridge is impressive and rocky, as indeed is the whole upper part of the mountain. I follow the nice arete leading 1/3 mile to the stony SE top (N40.38617 W111.64382, 3552m). No pinnacles but a few short passages of exposed YDS 3 (there's also a Class 1 trail a little lower, below the S side of the arete). On the way back I notice another USGS trig, dated 1937 and calling itself an Azimuth marker (N40.38793 W111.64418)
My ascent had taken 3 hrs 35 mins (at a steady pace, still feeling the effects of yesterdays Kings Peak day hike). After 1 hr 15 mins I descend, taking just under 3 hours. The snow gully SE of the summit (used by Petter in his ascent) is apparently a fun descent, but I'm not carrying an ice axe and am happy to go back down the main trail, which is a lovely route.

It's a busy peak and there are plenty of folk around the summit and more ascending as I go down.

Afternoon thunder is forecast but the weather is still good as I leave the trailhead mid pm having relaxed for an hour or so.

I head south for Mount Nebo which I summit the following day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4892 ft / 1491 m
    Distance:13.5 mi / 21.7 km
    Route:Emerald Lake, NW ridge
    Trailhead:6857 ft / 2090 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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