Payson, Utah

Top Spots in and near Payson

  • Provo, Utah

    Mount Timpanogos via Timpanogos Trail #053

    4.8
    15.72 mi / 4970 ft gain
    The Timpooneke trailhead is located in American Fork Canyon, next to the Timpooneke Campground. There is a $6 fee to enter the canyon, unless you have a National Park Pass with which you get in free. On the weekends, it may be difficult to find parking at the Timpooneke Campground, so arrive earl...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Timpanogos Basin via Timpooneke Trail

    5.0
    9.78 mi / 3015 ft gain
    The wildflowers are normally at their peak from mid to end of July or the beginning of August. Depending on the amount of snow that year and how wet of a spring we had it could vary a little bit.  But anytime during the mid summer you will encounter amazing Indian Paintbrush, Lupine, and other co...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Scout Falls

    2.95 mi / 938 ft gain
    Starting at a little over 7,300 feet, the Timpooneke Trailhead offers a beautiful alpine setting for starting your hike. Several trails originate from the same parking lot so you will want to make sure you get on the correct trail. The parking lot can also get quite full on summer days as people ...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Camp at Timpooneke Campground

    5.0
    The Timpooneke Campground sits at 7,400 ft. elevation with views of Mount Timpanogos and campsites surrounded by beautiful aspen, fir and spruce trees. The leaves in the fall put on a show you will not want to miss. Within the campground there are 9 equestrian sites, 1 large group site and 20 sta...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Rock Climbing American Fork Canyon

    4.7
    American Fork Canyon, UT has a rich history in outdoor activity. Little do most people know that American Fork was the birth place of steep, overhanging, sport climbing. Developed by locals, now legends, in the climbing world like Boone Speed and Jeff Pedersen amongst others. This canyon came ...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Pine Hollow Trail

    4.0
    5.26 mi / 1526 ft gain
    The trailhead (Forest Trail 047 - Pine Hollow Trail) starts across the street from a turnout about .5 miles above Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon. This highly trafficked trail is used for just about every activity you can think of, meaning that you can even snowshoe this in the winter. It's a...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Sunrise over Mt. Timpanogos via Pine Hollow

    4.8
    Pull into the Pine Hollow parking lot, just before the winter closure gate and watch the show. If you get there early enough you can watch Timpanogos go from the tones of soft alpenglow to the harsh vibrance of sunrise. In the winter make sure you remember enough blankets.
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  • Wasatch County, Utah

    Photograph the Sunrise above Cascade Springs

    Head towards Cascade Springs from either Provo or American Fork Canyons. As you approach Cascade Springs, a couple miles out watch for small turn-outs on the right side of the road. There should be just enough room for you to park in a variety of locations on the way down to the springs. Hop out ...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Cascade Springs

    4.7
    0.61 mi / 98 ft gain
    One of the most photogenic spots of the Timpanogos Canyon. If you take the Alpine loop you will see a sign to turn off and go to Cascade Springs. It's about a 15 minute drive from there. The parking lot is right next to the springs. The best time to go is during the fall when the leaves are chang...
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  • Alpine, Utah

    Horsetail Falls - Dry Canyon

    5.0
    4.01 mi / 1808 ft gain
    Horsetail Falls is a somewhat short hike located near Alpine, UT. The hike has good elevation gain and will make you work a bit to get there. The reward is worth the effort as you arrive at the falls and take a great view while being refreshed in the mist of the falls. The trail is straightforwar...
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  • Alpine, Utah

    Day Hike to South Thunder Mountain

    12.2 mi / 5604 ft gain
    The summit of South Thunder Mountain, sitting at 11,154 ft, is a superb peak. Located on the Alpine Ridge of the Wasatch Mountains, this peak is criminally overlooked.The Schoolhouse Springs trailhead leads you onto an old dirt road, that switchbacks for about 2 miles through the foothills, befor...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Climbing in the Lone Peak Cirque

    4.0
    Lone Peak reaches 11,253 feet at its summit. It's alpine feel is unique as it stands above the busy city below. While this gem is one of the highlights in the Wasatch range, it must be earned. A long steep approach, best done at night in the summer months, deposits you in the high meadow surround...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Silver Lake

    4.4
    4.4 mi / 1365 ft gain
    The trail is 4.4 miles roundtrip gaining almost 1,500 feet for the duration of the adventure. Some parts are exposed, so you can get a fair amount of sun. When you're on the trail, you'll get amazing views as you’re hiking to the lake of Mount Timpanogos and American Fork Canyon. This is followed...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Camp at Silver Lake

    4.5
    4.4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Silver Lake is a wonderful place to go if you're in need of a quick adventure in the woods.  Located in the the Uinta National Forest, Silver Lake is relatively easy to get to via American Fork Canyon in Utah, however I do recommend driving a car with 4WD and can handle steep dirt roads with shar...
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  • Juab County, Utah

    Photographing Little Sahara Recreation Area

    5.0
    What I used: An old Nikon D80 that was converted into an infrared camera. The infrared camera can be used to create some unique images. The monochrome images that I uploaded were created with the IR camera.NIkon D7000. I used these for the night shots with milky way. The images were created using...
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  • Draper, Utah

    Lone Peak via Jacobs Ladder

    4.7
    14.2 mi / 6713 ft gain
    The main trail to Lone Peak is via Jacobs Ladder. To get to the start of the trailhead you need to drive on a dirt road for a little bit until you get to a little parking area (start of the road indicated on the map). The trail starts just south of where you park on the dirt road. The Jacobs Lad...
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