The Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a popular destination for adventurers and families wanting to explore underworld caves. But did you know that it is also a very popular hiking destination!
The trail up to the cave has incredible scenic views of American Fork canyon and the surrounding area. The hike is about 1.5 miles with a ~ 1100 foot climb from the base to the top, in good condition, with even a few benches scattered along the way. The trail grade varies from gentle to 15%+ at times.
From Interstate 15, take the Alpine-Highland exit (#284 ), then head east on State Highway 92 for ten miles. (Skip to map below)
The cave and trail are a part of theNational Park Serviceand is a fee area although multiagency passes are available:
“The Monument is surrounded entirely by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest,and visitors must stop at a US Forest Service information station on the way to Timpanogos Cave. Visitors going just to Timpanogos Cave are not required to pay the US Forest Service American Fork Canyon fee. Visitors planning to go beyond the Monument and use US Forest Service recreation sites are subject to [fees]” Read more here
The Cave is open from mid-May to October, depending upon the weather. Advanced purchase of tickets is highly advisable during peak periods. The trail is a very popular day hike and on a typical outing you may encounter individuals, families with small children, and other groups.
In my 2014 visit the trail was paved and in good shape. The trip to the cave — up and back — can take a couple of hours depending upon how often one stops to take pics! Do take plenty of water, especially in warmer months.
Battle Creek Falls is located along a narrow, and occasionally steep trail just outside of Pleasant Grove, Utah. The trail itself continues 2.4 miles below and above the Falls, intersecting the Curly Springs trail at 1.1 mile before joining the Dry Creek trail at 2.4 miles.
The trail is a very popular day hike and on a typical outing you may encounter individuals, families with small children, and other groups. The trail is shared by hikers as well as mountain bikers and equestrians, i.e., do exercise some caution due to narrow trail conditions.
The scenery along the trail is incredible with views of Utah Lake and the Valley. Dogs on leash are welcome and will enjoy playing in the stream.
Once at the falls, visitors can easily access the base with its cool spray and collecting pool. Or the more adventuresome might try rappelling the approximately 50 foot down the side of the falls.
From Pleasant Grove: Travel east on 200 S until it dead-ends at the trail head parking lot. The falls are a short hike up Battle Creek Canyon…(Skip to map below)
In my 2014 visit the path was not paved or graveled but fairly well kept. The short trip to the falls started off fairly flat before becoming a little steeper closer to the falls. Trip up and back took less than 30 minutes each way …depending upon how often one stops to take pics!
Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available.
At roughly 6750 feet, evenings are often cool, and a nice escape from Valley heat. Children and adults can enjoy fishing and picnicking at Tribble Fork Reservoir located a short distance away (about 1 mile). The small reservoir/lake is stocked with Rainbow trout with some resident brown trout, etc.
Hikers can explore any number of area trails including a steep but beautiful climb up to Timpanogos Cave, the Baker Fort Trail, or up to Box Elder Peak. In winter months outdoor adventurers enjoy family sledding or cross- country skiing.
Per USDA: “From Salt Lake City, Utah, take interstate 15 to the Alpine-Highland exit (exit 284) and go east on Highway 92 for 8 miles to mouth of American Fork Canyon. Go 5 miles up canyon to junction, take the North Fork (Forest Service Road 85) to Tribbles Fork Reservoir, stay left on paved road for 1 mile to campground. ” The campground is easily accessible with paved roads to the 44 single & 8 double campgrounds. (Skip to map below)
In my 2014 visit to the campgrounds the grounds were clean, well kept, and the forest and site staff friendly. We enjoyed our stay along with quick trips to the reservoir, Timpanogos, or site seeing along the road.