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American Fork Twin Peaks Summit Trail

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A steep, ridgeline trail to the top of both summits of American Fork Twin Peaks, with incredible panoramic views.


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1.0

Miles

1.7

KM

69%

Runnable

11,344' 3,458 m

High

10,951' 3,338 m

Low

550' 168 m

Up

232' 71 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

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Description

After the Forest Service Road 193 - North road ends, this singletrack begins to climb steeply up the ridge towards a small, unnamed peak just south of American Fork Twin Peaks. After gaining this peak, the trail becomes a beautiful ridge run on a shattered quartzite trail that can be somewhat hard to follow at times, but the ridge is easy enough to follow and it doesn't make much difference whether you're running on the trail or cross country.

At this point, you can finally see the Twin Peaks, and they are not rugged but still majestic in their own way. The trail drops down to a saddle before making the final push to the eastern summit. From the eastern summit, you can finally really see the Cottonwood ridge and down into Little Cottonwood Canyon, as well as the ski resorts and the views of Timpanogos and down into American Fork Canyon are incredible as well.

After taking in the views, you can then take the faint trail/cross country route up to the taller West Twin, which offers view of Lone Peak, Coalpit Gulch, the Pfeifferhorn, and many of the other incredible peaks along the ridge above Little Cottonwood Canyon. The route between the Twin Peaks involves a slight amount of descent, and then a fun, short ascent.

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Shared By:

Tomsen Reed with improvements by Ethan Romer

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#513

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#13,834

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A view of the Cottonwood Ridge from American Fork Twin Peaks
Aug 4, 2017 near Alta, UT
A smoky Mount Timpanogos (as well as Silver Lake Flat) from the top of American Fork Twin Peaks
Aug 4, 2017 near Alta, UT
A red sunrise over the Wasatch Mountains from the ridge up toward American Fork Twin peaks
Aug 4, 2017 near Alta, UT
A view to the West toward the Pfeifferhorn and Lone Peak (with White Baldy on the far left and Red Top in the foreground) from American Fork Twin Peaks
Aug 4, 2017 near Alta, UT

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