Description: whether you take the cave tour through Hansen, Middle, and Timpanogos Caves, or just hike the paved trail to the cave entrance, Timp Cave provides a great workout and gorgeous views. Watch out for falling rocks and don’t stop in the red zones. More details at www.nps.gov/tica
Distance: 1.5 miles one way.
Elevation gain: 1,092′
Steepness: moderately steep. Don’t run! If you fall off the trail, you may die. Nothing with wheels allowed on the trail.
Notable features: If you take the cave tour, you will see millions of notable features. To mention one, just after climbing the metal stairs after entering Middle Cave, shine your flashlight through one of the rock curtains on your right at about chest level to see an ancient bug frozen in time. Let the rest of the group go first so you don’t hold everyone up. DO NOT TOUCH the notable features! They’re extremely delicate, and the oil from your hands kills them.
Amenities: visitor station on the road and pit toilets near the top.
Fees: No fee for hiking, cave tours vary from $4 to $8 (children, adults) for the regular tour.
When to go: the trail is open seasonally – approximately May till October – and only during certain daylight hours – usually about 7 a.m. till 7 p.m.
Directions: from I-15, take Exit 284 (Alpine-Highland/Timpanogos Highway exit), turn east on State Highway 92 and continue for ten miles. From Heber City, turn up Highway 92 past Sundance Resort (when the Alpine Loop is open during summer months).
Mountains, lakes and other features accessed: none.
Connecting & cross trails: None. Stay on the trail for your safety and everyone below you, and to avoid getting a ticket.