Hike the Y Trail

Y Mountain Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Janel Reynolds

Hiking the Y is a local must.

Everyone who lives in Provo knows about Y Mountain. Many locals and visitors enjoy “hiking the Y.” There is a small parking lot at the beginning and bathrooms. It is a steep mountain, but there are 12 switchbacks that make it easier to get to the Y. There are many places to stop to rest and enjoy the view. You can choose to hike up to the top of the Y on the mountain or you can hike the whole mountain. The difficultly ranges from easy to hard depending on how far you go on the mountain. The views of Provo, surrounding cities, and Utah Lake are great!

Directions: From 900 East, turn east on 820 North, keep to the left, the street will change to Oakmont Lane, take a right onto Oak Cliff Drive, then a right on Terrace, finally a left into the parking lot.


  • TH 40.2448, -111.627
  • Y Mountain 40.2483, -111.621

2.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1074 ft Gain




Fitness, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly

Nearby Lodging

Springville / Provo KOA

Springville, Utah

From $300/night

The Cliff Lodge

Sandy, Utah

Salt Lake City KOA

Salt Lake City, Utah

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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Overall rating: 

Steep and Dusty

Don’t get me wrong; I love The Y. It’s a fun hike, BUT during hot days in the Summer where there hasn’t been much rain fall, it’s, well, excruciating. You’re slipping all over the trail because the dirt isn’t tacked down (because of dryness), and there’s hordes of people ALL the time, especially on weekends. Cool view, but there’s better hikes out there.

Opt out

Opt out and do a different hike. There are much better hikes to do.

Jacob Hansen

about 1 year ago

You can go further

It’s a hard but close hike to BYU and sentimental to hike to the Y. You can also hike to the top of Y mountain. It’s about 6-8 miles to the top and back down. It’s a better view from the top and makes the hard switchbacks more worth it. To get to the top of Y Mountain, if you hike to the top of the Y and you’ll see the trail take off to the right and it will hook to the back of the mountain. It is a pretty steep climb all the way up, so your calves are going to be burning. Sitting on top of the mountain looking at the valley makes it worth it.

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