Monday, February 29, 2016

Hiking the Pine Hollow Trail

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Hiking the Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Pine Hollow Trail in American Fork Canyon is a great hike year-round for the whole family. Plus, you can bring your dog along! AF Canyon is home to several scenic trails, including the famous Timpoonekee Trail, Stewart Falls, and First Falls, but one of the lesser known trails is Pine Hollow. In Winter this trail offers beautiful snowy views of the nearby Mt. Timpanogos to the Southwest, and a view of Heber, Utah to the East. In Summer, Pine Hollow offers a well-shaded path for those needing some cool relief, and in Fall the mix of reds, oranges, and yellows offer amazing photography.



 From I-15, take exit 284 heading east towards American Fork (AF) Canyon and Timpanogos Cave. The Pine Hollow TH is on the Alpine Loop Road, just after the 2nd hairpin turn. The parking lot is huge and has one restroom. In Winter, the winter gate closes right at the parking lot, so it is accessible year-round. Here is a driving map.

Distance: 5 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 1,352 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees: $6 for a 3 day pass to enter AF Canyon. FREE if you have an annual National Park Pass. Click here for more details on fees. 

Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Official TH sign.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The parking area can hold about 50 cars, and there is one restroom. There is no trashcan, so carry out whatever you bring in.  Leave no Trace rules apply.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The Pine Hollow Trail starts across the road from the parking lot. The sign is a little hard to see when you start walking, so I've pointed it out for you. The trails starts before the winter gate, so don't pass it.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Starting out you'll get a fantastic view of the north summit of Mt. Timpanogos.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Working our way up the side of the mountain. This part in early Spring is usually a mix of mud and snow.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After about 15 minutes of hiking you will be in the shaded section of the hike. Even in Spring the trail can be iced over, so microspikes are recommended. There are two streams that flow year round, which is nice for the dogs to drink from.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Welcome to the first meadow! By this point we hiked 1.3 miles. 
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the first "T" sign, in the first meadow, turn left.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The next part of the trail had several downed trees. There must have been some crazy weather and strong winds going on here over Winter.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the 2nd meadow, veer left again. Be sure to bring sunblock up here even in Spring. The reflection of the snow was very strong, and that night my face was pretty sunburned!
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After cutting through some Pine trees, turn left for the 3rd time.

Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cut through pine trees once more.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Finally on the ridge! Check out those mountains behind us! Mt. Timpanogos is to the far left. This photo was taken February 2016.
Hiking the Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Same spot, January 2017! There was about 3x as much snow compared to 2016! Apparently I wore the same shirt lol!
Once again, same spot but September 2017!
Hiking the Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie, 2017.
Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 What a great day to be outside. 
Pine Hollow Trail map, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Here is a trail map looking East.
Pine Hollow Trail map, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Another trail map looking North West.
Pine Hollow Overlook, American Fork Canyon
If you have time, continue to the Pine Hollow Overlook!


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Hiking the Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

10 comments:

  1. I noticed that the other American Fork trailheads I have gone to have been trash cans inside the restrooms. I read that you said there aren't trash cans at this trailhead, but I'm thinking about going today and if I do, I'll check to see if there's one in the bathroom. Then again, maybe there are only trash cans inside the bathrooms at certain times of the year...?

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    1. I checked today and there is a trash can inside the bathroom at the Pine Hollow trailhead now so maybe that's new. Having a trash can available is a big plus, especially when hiking with dogs so you don't have to drive home with a poop bag in the car! :)

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    2. Thank you for checking and the for the updates! - Alicia

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  2. Can you actually do this hike in winter? It says Alpine Loop is closed now.

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    1. Yep, in fact I went up again yesterday! The trail begins right where the Alpine Loop Road is closed for Winter. We arrived at the parking lot at 9:15am and it was already packed, so get there early to park. Have fun! -Alicia

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  3. I commented earlier and it does not look like it showed up. Thanks for the good info first of all! I put Vasiline on my Goldens paws and between his toes to eliminate snowballs forming there. Have not used booties, you? Also, the exit off I-15 is Timpanogus Hwy by Thanksgiving Point rather than Lehi Main

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    1. Thanks, updated the correct exit. We don't use dog booties - we hike enough that Charlie is used to the snow. We do use Musher's Secret a lot throughout Winter though. -Alicia

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    2. Is Mushers Secret like Vasaline?

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    3. By the way, with Sundance Festibal going on, are you still planning on your Park City hike this weekend?

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    4. Yes, it's awesome its what the racing sled-dogs team use on their pups to re-hydrate paws. Yes, we will still plan on hiking Sunday. We are starting at 9:30 so hopefully that is early enough.

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