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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. Park in the main parking lot for Tibble Fork – the trail starts at the far east end at the gate. 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, Skhoop Mini Down Skirt

A prime photo op with my baby! Loving my new Skhoop Mini Down Skirt!

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.

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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 

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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