A few weeks ago the Mr. and I travelled to Salt Lake City for the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon. Not only was the race an incredible experience, but we had so much fun exploring the outdoors and hiking too.
We explored parts of Big Cottonwood Canyon and Emigration Canyon on our first day of the trip. You can read more about that here.
The day after the race we decided to head towards Mt. Timpanogos and hike to Scout Falls. I would have loved to hike to the summit of Mt. Timp, but there was no way either of us was up to it.
We actually took another trail first and hiked for about an hour roundtrip before we realized that we weren’t heading in the direction of the summit which is where the falls is.
We went back to the trailhead to find a little paper sign with an arrow pointing to Scout Falls on a small empty ranger station 🙂
The hike was less than two miles long, but my legs were so tired from the race the day before and we accidently got off trail before reaching Scout Falls.
The Timpooneke trail winds around Mt. Timpanogos and was more incredible with every turn. The aspens and all the other trees were changing to autumnal colors and it was more than words can say. There were also wildflowers and bright red berries everywhere too.
It’s also worth mentioning that none of these photos have been retouched and were all shot on the Mr.’s android phone. Whoa!
We ended up climbing some crazy boulders straight up the mountain. Looking back now I realize it was pretty dangerous, but we could hear the waterfall but couldn’t see it. After hiking for a while we just wanted to get there. It also wasn’t completely obvious that we had taken the wrong path until we got to the falls and ran into a couple that had done the exact same thing. Thankfully they showed us the correct path so we were able to take it back down the mountain.
After about an hour and 20 minutes we reached Scout Falls. It was worth the hike! The falls is in the side of the mountain and the water was ice cold.
Once we reached the falls we turned around to the most unbelievable view. The photos don’t do anything to show the depth of the mountains and how high we actually were. This is the kind of thing you really have to see with your own eyes.
After reaching the falls we hiked back down, ate a sandwich and then decided to do some more exploring. On an average day we would have hiked a lot more, but I was so sore and the Mr. was tired so we opted to do some scenic driving instead.
We drove through Provo Canyon. It was stunning and there were tons of little trails and pull offs I wish we could have stopped at.
On our way back to Salt Lake City we stopped off for some frozen custard because frozen custard. I got vanilla with butterscotch swirl and brownie pieces. Yum!
It was a beer and salad kinda night. My beer had notes of vanilla and it was delicious!
This is one of our most memorable hikes to date. It was challenging and rewarding. The views didn’t hurt either 🙂
Have you done any epic hikes lately?
What’s your favorite post hike treat?