Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

Oct 14, 11 Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

In Northern Utah we can certainly sense that fall is quickly fading into winter. Before you submit to bundling yourself up every day and praying for the sun, you have one more fall outdoor activity to complete.

The Aspen Loop Road is a beautiful 20-mile road that takes you through breathtaking vistas in the Uinta National Forest of the Wasatch Mountains.

Access the loop by taking the North Fork of Provo Canyon up past Sundance Ski Resort. Continue on State Highway 92 through Aspen Grove, once you pass the Aspen Grove Trailhead for Mt. Timpanogos you start to gain serious elevation as you skirt the base of the mountain to the Timpooneke Trailhead. Until that point the roads are very narrow and extremely curvy. Take the roads slow as you are given a beautiful display of colorful aspen. Look through the side and back windows to catch a glimpse of Utah Valley.

Around 8,000 feet you will reach the highest point of elevation on the road and you will notice the change from aspen to evergreen pines. At this time you will now be heading north peering down a 3,000 foot descent to American Fork Canyon.

Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

Throughout the Uinta National Forest there are several dozen biking, running, and ATV trails. If you have time, get out of the car to enjoy a day hike. There are enough mountain trails that it would take years to try them all out.

At the junction with American Fork Canyon take a left to start your journey home. If you are looking for more adventure, head east a couple of miles towards Tibble Fork Reservoir. Past Tibble Fork there are dozens more trails for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters & fishers, and those seeking relaxation.

The roads generally close for the season by November 1st. Take advantage of the beauty of the Aspen Loop Scenic Byway while the weather still permits.