My First Mountain
Of course, I thought I’d start with one of the smaller mountains closer to Spanish Fork and work up to the 12.4 mile round trip hike up Timpanogos. But when my employer Mozy sponsored a company hike, I decided I’d jump on the bandwagon. About 20 people took the hike that day, including two who got to the top (the vertical elevation gain is almost a mile at 4,652 feet) in less than two hours.
I started out keeping up with those guys. I’m sure that the embarrassment of having a newcomer like myself tagging along is what caused them to pull ahead after about 10 minutes. Yeah, that was it.
We hit the trail at 6:17am. In my rush to keep up at first, I didn’t notice much of the scenery. But it’s a gorgeous hike.
The trail consists of the following:
- Steep climb
- Bushy semi-flat walk
- Steep climb
- Meadowy semi-flat walk
- Really steep climb
This is the view of the top (on the right) from the second meadow area. Well, I thought it was the top. It turns out that you can’t actually see the peak from here. It’s a higher point behind the peak on the right. There’s nothing quite like thinking you’re at the top only to to realize you aren’t.
From the meadow, you go up this trail to the saddle where you can see Utah Valley for the first time.
This is what the trail up to the saddle looks like from the peak. The saddle is just above and to the left of center.
The climb from the saddle to the peak was, by far, the most exhilarating part of the hike. Slower going and entirely rock, but with victory close at hand.
Reaching the top was awesome. I got there in 3 hours 23 minutes.
Five of us summitted fairly close together. Mark (back left) took much better pictures with the nice camera he lugged the whole way up.
After getting down, I found out that Mount Nebo is actually the tallest peak in the Wasatch Front (and Utah County). Since Nebo is about as far south of me as Timpanogos is north, I guess it’s next on my list. Just need to get rid of this limp first.