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Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

The Horse Flat Trail in American Fork Canyon starts from the Summit Trailhead, and passes through several meadows, large Aspen groves, and shaded areas before finally reaching the overlook. This trail is really well shaded, and is perfect during Fall when all the Aspen trees are changing colors. Temperatures are also cooler in Fall – when the valley can be in the 60s, the top of the Alpine Loop Road can be in the 40s. Keep in mind that the Alpine Loop Road is only open during from late June to the end of October, or whenever the first snow arrives. This trail is great for dogs off leash, and even kids can hike this route.

Enter American Fork Canyon from either entrance (Provo Canyon or Lehi area), and drive to the top of the Alpine Loop Road. Park at the Summit Trailhead. There is one restroom.

Here is a driving map, coming from SLC.

 

Distance: 3 miles RT

Elevation gain: 675 ft

Time: 1-2 hours

Dog Friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes

Fees/Permits? There is no permit, but there is a fee for accessing American Fork Canyon. $6 for a 3 day pass or FREE if you have an annual National Park Pass or annual American Fork Canyon pass.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 The Lame Horse Trail starts from the Summit Trailhead, at the top of the Alpine Loop Road.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 Follow the signs for Horse Flat.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 You will pass several meadows.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 Charlie loves it when we get to hike together as a family.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 At the trail split, stay straight.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

  You will come to another meadow.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

The third large meadow and my favorite becuase the views open up. This meadow would be a great place for a short, easy backpack overnighter. There is no water source.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

The last 1/2 mile climbs uphill.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 The views open up again, this time to the East and South.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

 Once you reach the ridge, this is the overlook of the Primrose Cirque and East-facing side of the Mt. Timpanogos area. You may even be able to see hikers below the ridge hiking up. From this point, you can actually see the white Timp tower.

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

Charlie enjoys his view!

 

Horse Flat Trail map

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