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Alpine Loop Scenic Backway
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Alpine Loop Scenic Backway


Page Type: Area/Bike Park

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.40336°N / 111.60699°W

Trail Type: Paved

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall


Page By: buffgato

Created/Edited: Oct 29, 2009 / Feb 26, 2013

Object ID: 272824

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The Alpine Loop is a scenic road that winds across the north face of Mount Timpanogos, connecting Provo Canyon to American Fork Canyon. Due to winter snowfall, the road is open from late May to mid-October.

Tibble Fork and Cascade Springs are accessible from the Alpine Loop. There are also many campsites available along the road.

Getting There

A map of the area with the route highlighted
From I-15:
Take the Alpine/Highland exit and follow the road EAST for seven miles. This road is SR-92, and it will take you directly into American Fork Canyon.

From Orem (via American Fork Canyon):
Go NORTH on State Street in Orem (US-89). Follow this road into Lindon, UT. Turn RIGHT at 100 E, by the Purple Turtle. Follow the road NORTH along the base of the mountains. As the road bends slightly to the left, its name changes to Canyon Road. Continue following this road until it merges with SR-92 at the entrance to American Fork Canyon.

From Orem (via Provo Canyon):
Go NORTH on University Avenue. This road will take you directly into Provo Canyon. Follow the road through the canyon for several miles. After passing through a short tunnel, turn LEFT on State Road 92. Continue on this road for several miles. The Alpine Loop begins at the ranger station.

From Heber:
Go SOUTHWEST on US Highway 189 and follow it into Provo Canyon. Turn RIGHT onto State Road 92. Continue on this road for several miles. The Alpine Loop begins at the ranger station.


You must purchase a pass for recreation on the Alpine Loop. Drivers who are just passing through will not be required to pay this fee. As of Fall 2009, the prices are as follows:

Three-day pass: $6
Seven-day pass: $12
Annual pass: $45

Forest Service Restrictions

- Please enjoy and preserve the beauty of the canyon by keeping all sites clean. Protect resources by staying on designated roads and trails, packing out all trash, and respecting the vegetation, wildlife, and archaeological/historic sites.
- No fireworks of any kind are permitted on National Forest System or Park Service lands.
- Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness and the Silver Lake Basin of Lone Peak Wilderness are under year-round fire closure. No campfires or use of charcoal briquettes are allowed. Camp and backpack stoves are permitted. Be aware of fire restrictions before building a campfire.
- Please camp in designated campgrounds and use Leave No Trace practices.
- Recreation, wilderness, and travel maps available at visitor center.
- When bringing livestock to the canyon, please use only weed-free hay or forage during your visit.

External Links

Utah Mountain Biking
Timpanogos Cave