Ascent of Mount Timpanogos on 2016-10-08

Climber: Alex Lennon

Date:Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Timpanogos
    Elevation:11749 ft / 3581 m

Ascent Trip Report

Advantages of the Everest Ridge route are several: first and foremost, the solitude. Though the summit was downright crowded (no surprise on a Saturday), I didn't see a single person between the Big Baldy saddle and the summit in either direction. Second, it is maybe half the mileage of the two standard trail routes. Third, since it is steeper and more direct there is some added challenge that you might not get on one of the trails. And lastly, the Dry Canyon TH is right in Orem, super accessible, and there's no fee for this route. And the entire way is beautiful to boot!

There are also a handful of disadvantages. This route is really tough on even my "spry" 26-year-old knees. The bottom half of the ridge is a dense bushwhack through scratchy shrubs, and the top half is heinous loose scree. The "goldilocks zone" midway up the ridge is nice but all too short. One last drawback is that the trail routes undoubtedly are more scenic; not that Everest Ridge isn't, but the scenery isn't quite as varied.

Once you crest the Step and merge with the summit ridge trail, the route turns into one of the more fun and spectacular ridge hikes I've done. The glacial cirque between the main and south summits is one of the cooler sights I've seen this year, and is not unlike the Wheeler Peak Cirque in Great Basin. The summit itself, unfortunately, is somewhat trashed; it seems nearly everyone has decided it's okay to write their names or spraypaint on the summit structure, or carve into the actual rocks around the summit. Fortunately the surrounding views more than make up for this eyesore. There were about 20 people on the summit at various times during the hour I was up there; they had all taken the trail from the north. One dog also successfully summited. If I were to do this again, I'd probably take the trail to avoid the sustained steep bushwhacking, but overall there's no denying that this one's a classic!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6392 ft / 1948 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6392 ft / 1948 m
    Route:Everest Ridge via Dry Canyon
    Start Trailhead:5357 ft / 1632 m
Descent Statistics

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