Monday, January 18, 2016

Tibble Fork Loop Trail

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Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The Tibble Fork Loop Trail (trail #041 & #040) is located in American Fork Canyon, and starts at the Tibble Fork Reservoir, hence the appropriate name. This hike can be done year round, but I find it to be the prettiest during Winter when the trees are laden with snow, the reservoir is frozen over, and the trail offers a certain quietness. The trail steadily gains elevation for the first 2 miles, cuts through an amazing aspen grove and open meadow, then connects back to the Tibble Fork stream and main parking lot.



From SLC, head south on I-15 and take exit 284 towards Timpanogos Cave and Alpine, UT. Drive past the fee booth, then follow the signs for Tibble Fork Reservoir. The fee is $6 for a 1-3 day pass, or free if you have a National Park Pass. The trail starts at the dam, so you can either park there or if it is full, park in the main lot. There are restrooms in the main lot.

Distance: 4 miles round trip 
Elevation gain: 1100 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes

Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Start by walking across the dam, look for this TH sign, then work your way uphill. Don't go right past the other gate - that leads to a private neighborhood.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Work you way up the 4 to 5 switchbacks. The first section of the trail is the steepest, but it gradually levels out. You will have beautiful views across the reservoir.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cut through a beautiful aspen grove. There will be a little trail split arrow pointing right (it may be covered by snow), but throughout the whole hike you will be staying left.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 In the large open meadow with my Meetup.com group, "Hiking in Utah - with Our dogs!" Our group is FREE to join and we hike year round throughout the Wasatch and Uintas. From March to November we hike every Tuesday evening, ranging from 2-5 miles at a time. The only requirement to join is that your dog has a collar light for our evening hikes. You can also join without a dog, since we have an overall social goal for the group. 
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Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Working our way up through a deep snow bank. Thankfully the trail was mostly broken!
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
At the first official trail split sign, turn left.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 You will cut through two smaller meadows. This is a great spot to take a snack break and let the dogs have stare off contests...
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the 2nd trail split sign, again head left.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After the 2 mile mark (at the first trail split sign), you will be hiking down the whole time. Poles are helpful in this section because of the steepness.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Keep an eye out for this sign "040", and turn right.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Another great photo our our meetup group! 
Cross the bridge. 
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At this point you'll be back on the winter road. Head back to the main parking lot, finishing your loop.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie and I had a blast in the snow!
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork loop trail map
 Here is a close up of where the trail starts and the two parking areas.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork loop trail map
 Two overviews of the loop. This one is looking NE.
Tibble Fork Loop Trail, Tibble Fork Loop Trail #041 & #040, Tibble Fork loop trail map
The view looking SW.


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