Monday, January 18, 2016

Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail

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Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon, Utah
 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: 5 miles round trip 
Elevation gain: 1,000 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes


Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 You will start by hiking up the closed off winter road, through the gate.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 You'll a see a bridge to your right, and will now be on Trail #040.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Stay on #040.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
All the signs look the same, so it helps to count. This is trail split #1. Continue hiking straight here, up the hill. This is where the loop will bring you back around, from the right (south).
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Trail split #2 - turn right. You will now be on the Mud Springs Trail, #041.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 There were a few downed trees, but not bad.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
Hiking up hill was hard because we kept post-holing! 
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Wow, so pretty and peaceful.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
We stopped at a pretty meadow to grab a group photo.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Continuing on!
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 After that first meadow, you'll hike down a short hill to the next trail split #3. Turn right again.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Deep snow here!
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 Ahh so pretty!
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
A prime photo op with my baby!
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
  More tall Aspen trees.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
 You'll pass two more unsigned trail splits. Keep staying right for each one.
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
Eventually, you'll see Tibble Fork Reservoir below Box Elder Peak.  
Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon
You'll end up back at that first trail split, and hike part of the same trail back to the cars.

Winter 2016
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
Cross the bridge. 

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!







Hiking to Box Elder Peak, American Fork Canyon
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Hiking the Tibble Fork Loop Trail, American Fork Canyon

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