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.
- 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 (88 pictures) You can access the Loop from exit 275 in Orem or exit 281 in American Fork.
- The Wasatch Mountains (131 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.