American Fork Canyon
Mount Timpanogos has an elevation of 11,749 feet and is Utah’s second highest mountain.
Martin Hansen was following mountain lion tracks when he discovered Hansen Cave in 1887. Hansen Cave along with two other caves discovered later make up Timpanogos Cave.
In upper American Fork Canyon (Dutchman Flats) lies the remnants of Forest City, a silver mining town that operated from 1871 to 1880. At it’s peak Forest City had around 2,000 inhabitants, a school, a dairy farm, a sawmill, two general stores, hotels, and a saloon. American Fork Railroad had tracks up the canyon to Tibblefork reservoir but couldn’t make it the additional four miles due to the steep terrain.
Utah hosts a huge population of Mountain Lions. They prefer being quiet and shy and are extremely good at hiding. Their soft, oversized footpads and retractable claws allow them to melt through the backcountry with hardly a whisper. Tree cover, rocky outcroppings, boulder fields, and caves make for a mountain lion’s paradise. Timpanogos hosts one of the largest mountain goat poplulations in Utah.
Mountain Goats occupy the highest alpine environments spending most of their time above 9,000 feet. They are not native to Utah and were first introduced in 1967.
American Fork Canyon is internationally renowned for some of the best sport rock climbing on the planet. It has over 250 bolted routes. Its pocket limestone is the perfect texture for rock climbing enthusiasts.