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Hiking Timpanogos' Bomber Peak Via the Timpooneke Trailhead
Hiking Bomber Peak from the Timpooneke trailhead

Last week’s hike of South Timpanogos made me curious about what lies north of the Timpanogos Saddle, so I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve been to the 1955 crash site some years ago, but don’t have any vivid memories of the area.

I also decided to take the Timpooneke trailhead instead of Aspen Grove. Having two Timp hikes back-to-back within a week under similar weather conditions gave me a great way to compare the two trails. In a nutshell, hiking Timpanogos via the Timpooneke trailhead:

  • is a smoother, better maintained trail
  • has a more consistent trail slope
  • has considerably more shade in the morning to early afternoon
  • has almost no water access later in the summer (based on August 2020)

See below for the water problem. In the meantime, enjoy some photos:

And some trip details:

GPS track
Route with elevation profile
My time: another personal best as I have never recorded this before.

On Water

I was a little surprised at how little water there was on the Timpooneke trail. The only accessible water (as of mid-August 2020—a long, hot, dry summer) was between mile 1 and mile 2 where the switchbacks cross two little streams a few times. Once you make that last crossing, you’d better have enough water with you.

Your only other option would be to take a .8 mile detour at the bottom of Timpanogos Basin over to Emerald Lake, fill up, then traverse back and join the trail just below the saddle.

I saw several groups and individuals who looked like they were about to pass out at mile 4, carrying a little 16 oz. water bottle with them.

TERT recommends (at this time of year) at least a gallon of water if you’re going to summit. Last week from the Aspen Grove trailhead approach I drank about 5 liters and was still dehydrated by the time I got to the bottom.


Last modified on 2020-08-25