Alpine Loop

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American Fork CanyonAmerican Fork Canyon (10/03/2006) A view of American Fork Canyon from Highway 92 in Utah Valley.

Micron Flash TechnologiesMicron Flash Technologies (10/03/2006) Entrance to the IM Flash Technologies campus along highway 92 in Lehi.

Entrance to AF CanyonEntrance to AF Canyon (10/03/2006) Entrance to American Fork Canyon.

American Fork CanyonAmerican Fork Canyon (10/03/2006) The lower sections of American Fork Canyon are quite steep.

Grey RocksGrey Rocks (10/03/2006) American Fork Canyon is lined by grey limestone rocks.

Grey RocksGrey Rocks (10/03/2006) Grey Rocks in American Fork Canyon.

Alpine LoopAlpine Loop (10/03/2006) The American Fork Side of the Alpine Loop.

American Fork ColorsAmerican Fork Colors (10/03/2006) Fall Colors in American Fork Canyon (SR92).

American Fork CanyonAmerican Fork Canyon (10/03/2006) Lower section of the American Fork Canyon in Utah County.

Swinging BridgeSwinging Bridge (10/03/2006) The American Fork river at Swinging Bridge picnic area.

American Fork BridgeAmerican Fork Bridge (10/03/2006) Bridge at the Swinging Bridge Picnic area just below the Timpanogos Cave national monument.

TrailTrail (10/03/2006) This is the trail between the Swinging Bridge Picnic area and the Timpanogos National Monument.

Timpanogos National MonumentTimpanogos National Monument (10/03/2006) The entrance to the Timpanogos National Monument in American Fork Canyon.

Alpine LoopAlpine Loop (10/03/2006) Fall colors along the American Fork Road.

Yellow and GreyYellow and Grey (10/03/2006) Yellow trees contrasting with the grey limestone in American Fork Canyon.

CyclistCyclist (10/03/2006) This is the best way to view the alpine loop.

American Fork CanyonAmerican Fork Canyon (10/03/2006) Looking West toward the Timp Cave Park.

American Fork Canyon RoadAmerican Fork Canyon Road (10/03/2006)

American Fork Canyon RoadAmerican Fork Canyon Road (10/03/2006) I like this shot as it gives an idea of the size of the road in relation to the canyon.

Winding Through Fall FolliageWinding Through Fall Folliage (10/03/2006) The American Fork Road (S92) winds through fall folliage.

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Alpine Loop

On October 3,2006, I decided to take a drive around the alpine loop to capture some Fall images. The Alpine Loop is a winding one lane road with traffic going in both directions. It wraps around the East side of Mount Timpanogos. Unfortunately, the day before my voyage, there was a rather heavy storm with with strong winds that significantly reduced leaves on the trees, however, it was a pleasant drive.

Most people driving the Alpine loop start in Orem and take Highway 189 along the Provo River to the Sundance Exit. This road (Highway 92) wraps around Mount Timpanogos by following Provo's North Fork Canyon past the Sundance Ski Resort, through large alpine groves of Aspen, then drops into the American Fork drainage. Being a contrarian, I did this trip in the reverse direction.

Highlights of the Alpine Loop include the Timpanogos Natural Monument which includes a intriguing selection of limestone caves, Sundance Resort and the Mount Timpanogos Trail.

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Mount Timapnogos (25 pictures) The Alpine Loop wraps around the East side of Mount Timpanogos.

Provo, Utah (17 pictures) Highway 189 leads out of Provo.

Provo River (107 pictures) Provo's North Fork River flows into the Provo River.

Interstate 15 (87 pictures) You can access the Loop from exit 275 in Orem or exit 281 in American Fork.

The Wasatch Mountains (130 pictures) The Alpine Loop is in the Wasatch Mountains.

Uinta Mountains (51 pictures) This section of the Wasatch Mountains is administered by the Uinta National Forest.

Sundance Resort (32 pictures) The Sundance Resort is on the Southern end of the Alpine Loop.

Mirror Lake Highway (167 pictures) The Mirror Lake Highway is another popular mountain drive in the Uinta Mountains.

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