Monday, September 19, 2011

Scout Falls, American Fork Canyon, UT

Location: From the mouth of American Fork Canyon, go 8.4 miles up the Alpine Loop road and take a right at the Timpooneke Campground.  Go a short distance past the campground host trailer to the Timpooneke Trailhead.

Cost: $6/per car or annual national parks pass accepted

What to Expect: The hike to Scout Falls is approximately 3 miles round trip.  In and back- it is relatively gentle uphill to the falls.  As you near the falls the trail takes off to the left and proceeds up some rather steep rocky areas (steep for young kids, but possible).

This was our first time adventuring in American Fork canyon and we loved every minute of it.  The beauty is unreal.  However, on a scale of 1-5, I would give the actual hike a 3.5.  The trail is open to horse traffic so we found ourselves leaping not so gracefully over piles of poop and holding our noses every 10 minutes.  As you near the falls, the trail becomes muddy and slippery, difficult for younger kids.

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