Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stewart Falls

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Trailhead Elevation: 6,890ft
Trail Open To: Hike, Snowshoe
Elevation Gain: 310
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Time: 2 hours
Driving Directions:: Take exit 284 in Utah County. Travel east on the Timpanogos Highway (SR 92) to American Fork Canyon USFS fee station. From the Fee Station, travel 4.6 miles to North Fork/ Alpine Loop Junction. Stay right at the junction and drive 11 miles, just before the fee station and forest exit you will see the Timpanogos Summit parking area on your right. Park here.
Alternate Driving Direction: Take Interstate 15 to the Orem 800 North (Exit 272) turn east and follow it for 3.7 miles to the mouth of Provo Canyon. The road splits  just past the Chevron gas station, take the left curve to go up the canyon. Drive up the canyon (US 189) after 6.5 miles you will pass through a small tunnel, shortly after the tunnel (6.9 miles) take a left (UT 92) towards Sundance Ski Resort and Aspen Grove. Reset your odometer at this turn. You will come to a ranger fee station at 4.5 miles. The Timpanogos summit parking area is on the left .1 miles just past the ranger fee station, park here.
Entrance: From the parking area walk towards the outhouse. Your trail starts just before the restroom.
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Alternate Entrance: If you are a guest at Sundance Resort there is an trail off their property that follows the stream directly to the falls.
Exit: Return the way you came

The Business: Stewart Falls is a beautiful tiered waterfall in the heart of Sundance Resort. The trail is mostly flat and easy walking, until you near the falls. There is an outlook before you begin your 300’ descent to the riverbed. This is one of the best hikes in Utah County, so be warned that you will not find solitude on this trail. Your best bet for solitude is snowshoeing in after the snow falls. Weekdays during the spring and fall slow down a little. If hiking early spring or winter, check local avalanche conditions.