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The Timpanogas Hike

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A morning or afternoon trip with family or friends just for the sake of exploration can be a lot of fun. The drive by itself up to Timpanogas Trailhead from the area Highland, Utah is very beautiful this time of year. Make sure to go to the website for your tickets or you may be waiting in stand-by. You probably want to get your tickets a week ahead of time. Bring water and a light jacket or sweater.

The only access to the cave system is by walking a 1 1/2-mile-paved trail, which rises 1,092 ft to an elevation of 6,730 feet above sea level. The round-trip hike and tour of the cave system takes about three hours. Mid-summer temperatures on the trail can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, temperatures in the caves average 45 degrees, so the sweater or light jacket comes in handy once you start the trek through the cave. Hiking shoes, flashlights and sunscreen will make your visit safe and enjoyable.

The social activity with your family and friends will be enjoyable with beautiful vistas as you gain altitude toward the cave entrance. The hike though paved, is at an aggressive angle, if you haven’t been doing much hiking lately it will give you a good reminder to you of what your body needs for your health and fitness.
Make sure that you bring an enjoyable group with you to make the experience that much more enjoyable. After getting very warm from the hike up the ridge, the cave will be a very nice cool down for your possibly over-heated body.

After you enjoy the tour through the cave, the temptation might be to run down the returning trail. If you end up running or walking too fast down the returning trail you will miss the sights of the mountain on the way down, not to mention possible shin splints along with the extra pressure on your knees. So enjoy the non-workout hike and be safe.

http://www.nps.gov/tica/planyourvisit/cavetours.htm

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