Mount Timpanogos – August 3, 2002 – 16 miles

This was my first-ever hike up Timp.  I started from the American Fork Canyon side, at the Timpooneke trail   I desperately needed to get into shape for the backpacking trip the following week.  I had been trying to do two-mile road runs several times a week for a while, but I knew I wasn’t in very good shape.

I started my hike before sunrise, about 5:30 a.m.  I was amazed to see that the parking lot was almost full.  There were many BYU groups already on the trail.  My pace was pretty slow. I was clearly out of shape.  People passed me, which was discouraging.  I reached the top about 10:30 a.m…a normal pace for most hikers.  The hike down was pretty fast, I jogged a couple miles.  The trail was beautiful and I really enjoyed it.  I was physically drained and felt sick and sore for two days.