Monday, May 30, 2016

Scout Falls - American Fork Canyon

Scout Falls is a rewarding and fun hike for families. Scout Falls trail is part of the larger Timpooneke Trail - which can lead to the summit of Mt. Timpanogos; but with young children (and at the time a very pregnant me - 35 weeks) the summit is not part of the equation. Scout Falls is well marked, often shaded and even parts are paved - although it is not stroller friendly - 1.5 miles one way.

Park at The Aspen Grove parking lot and follow the signs to the Timpooneke Trail - it is quite sunny and open until you pass the small ranger house. As you hike, be sure to point out the variety of fauna and flora to your children.

In the late spring, the run off of the spring is quite impressive! It was a raging waterfall when we hiked it and there was still quite a bit of snow at the base of the falls. My children thought the snow pile was a glacier so we agreed with them - they thought that was the coolest thing to be standing on a glacier!

We spent about 40 minutes throwing rocks into the water below and had a small picnic - we have learned that hiking makes for hungry bellies, so we often bring a meal or at least snacks.

As you can tell I was very pregnant with baby #5 - this hike was not strenuous and I enjoyed the hike.

I mean, really, can you beat that beauty?! 

However, if you hike in the summer, the trail and falls are significantly different as shown below:

It was fun to cross over the little streams along the trail...

The falls was quite a bit smaller, but there was more shade along the way.

We feel that we must do this hike during the fall to see the beautiful leaves in color.   

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