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

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RT Distance 2.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1074 Feet
Activities Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly


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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.

A Local Staple

This is a classic hike to be sure, and it’s fun with a group of friends, but if you’re willing to travel just a bit further, there are much more rewarding and scenic hikes nearby.

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