Scout Falls is a great way to experience a portion of the beautiful Timpooneke trail without actually trekking all the way to Timp summit!
Overview: This trail is located deep within American Fork canyon, and instead of seeing views of the nearby city – you’ll see layers of majestic mountain scenery. I don’t think people realize there are cool spots like Scout Falls or Timp Falls along the longer summit trails. That means these trails are a lot less crowded than trails like Stewart Falls (especially since those hiking these summit trails normally leave in the wee hours of the morning).
Memorial Day was pretty rainy this year, and when we arrived on the trail there was a light drizzle. However, the sun soon came out, and the recent moisture added to the overall beauty of Scout Falls. We even got to see some surprise waterfalls flowing across our trail!
You are also more likely to see wildlife on this trail. While we were there we saw a deer quietly grazing in a picturesque green meadow. That’s not something you get to experience on the more-crowded trails in Utah!
It is also important to note that this area is home to multiple trailheads. You will see three main trails branching off from here, and you will want to take the middle one that goes up past the little ranger station. If you are confused just ask the posted ranger and he will point you in the right direction.
A little way up the trail, it will fork, and you will be tempted to hop a log and take the route that looks like it leads directly to the falls. Do not do that! It is far easier and much prettier if you continue on the main trail that goes to the right and up the mountain.
You will also run into a portion of the trail (at the very end) that will require some scrambling up some tree roots. I was able to navigate this fairly easily even with a baby on my back.
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- In my research, I read that these falls pitter-out to a trickle later in the summer. I would suggest taking this trail no later than June.
- If you are having a hectic Saturday morning and don’t get out the door as early as you would have liked…opt for Scout Falls. There is plenty of parking right next to the trailhead, so you won’t have to fight as much for a decent parking spot!
Length: 2.2 miles round-trip to/from falls (according to Google Maps), but about 3.4 miles according to Alltrails. This might depend on how close to the falls you want to get!
Location: American Fork Canyon, UT. Note that this is an National Park Service fee area! (It is about $6 for a three day pass.) If coming from I-15, take Exit 284 and head east onto I-92. Follow I-92 for ~7.6 miles to the mouth of American Fork canyon. From the mouth of the canyon, drive 5.1 miles (past the Timpanogos Cave National Monument) to the fork of N American Fork Canyon Road and I-92. Keep right on I-92 and follow it for 3.4 miles until you come to a T between I-92 and Timpooneke Rd. Turn right onto Timpooneke Rd and follow it for 0.3 miles to the trailhead.
GPS Coordinates: (N) 40.431267, (W) -111.639144