Alpine Things to Do
One of Utah's most recognizable landmarks, Bridal Veil Falls. Double cataract waterfalls drop 607 feet and can be seen from a scenic highway pull-out or by taking an exit to where run-off from the falls meets the Provo River below. The falls and the surrounding area is a favorite for summer hiking and several trailheads begin there.
In the winter, an icefall just to the right of the falls, makes the area a favorite to ice climbers world-wide. Aptly named the Stairway to Heaven, the enticing and uninterrupted series of climbing steps scaling the cliff make it a classic, multi-pitch climb for the experienced ice climber.
Favorite thing: In the shadow of 11,750-foot Mt. Timpanogos, this Utah favorite affords the visitor spectacular views of and access to the Timpanogos and Lone Peak Wilderness Areas. Lush vegetation and alpine vistas viewed through aspen groes surround campgrounds, trails, and some of Utah County’s favorite attractions. This backway is a paved, two-lane road.
Because of the steep grade and narrow curves, pulling trailers is prohibited. On its northwestern end, the backway descends into American Fork Canyon. This intimate canyon features towering rock formations, picnic areas, and campgrounds. The challenging vertical surfaces are a favorite for rock and mountain climbers. Please visit my Alpine Loop travelogue for pictures of the beautiful aspen trees that can be found there.