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The Y

Provo, Utah

based on 2 reviews



2.29 miles

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1063 ft

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A hike to the top of the iconic Y on the mountain overlooking Provo, Utah.

Hiking the Y is a classic hike in Provo, Utah—but don't expect it to be easy! There's no shade and not much greenery, so it's a hot, dusty trek to the top. Once you reach the Y, though, the view of the Provo and Utah Lake is amazing. There are also benches at the top.

When you reach the Y, you will first come to a point about halfway up the Y. You can stop here or keep going up the fork in the trail to your right up to the top of the Y. You can go out and walk/sit/dance on the Y itself, but be careful as it is very steep.

If you hike at night, you'll avoid the heat! Just be prepared—night or day—for steep switchbacks all the way up. There are bathrooms and parking at the trailhead; if the parking lot is full (this is a popular hike!), you can always park on the side of the road leading up to the parking lot.

Many people also run this trail—definitely a good workout whether you're running or hiking!

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It's basically a must if you attend BYU, but it's nothing spectacular. Lots and lots of steep switch backs! The view from the Y is nice though. There's absolutely no shade so make sure you are prepared for sun (unless of course you are hiking it at night).


This is an iconic hike for Provo, Utah, but it’s definitely not the nicest. The trail is made of very steep switchbacks all the way up. The view at the top is nice, especially if you go in the evening. Which, you should definitely go in the evening—it gets really hot during the day because there isn’t any shade along the trail!

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