Y Mountain Hike

Hiking

Moderately strenuous hike popular for both BYU Athletes and Coeds. If you want to escape the crowd continue up past the Y for some beautiful scenery that most people don't see!

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Utah Hiking Info

Start/Finish points

Take the I-15 to the University Avenue Exit in Provo UT. Take University Ave to 800 N. This will change to 820 N, but keep following it towards Y Mountain, and veer right up the foothill until you reach the trailhead.

Nearest Towns

Provo

Route

The first part of the hike up to the Y is very steep with about 13 switchbacks and a well-maintained, trail. If you can make it to the Y, that’s when the trail gets interesting. The trail continues to the south from the top of the Y, and curves around the east face of the mountain through Slide Canyon, gaining elevation the whole time. The scenery will gradually change from a relatively dry, grassy mountainside with the occasional scrub oak, to a luscious scrub oak forest in the canyon. After that, the trail opens up a bit to a green meadow before the trail forks allowing you to choose to hike up to the east or west peak. If you choose the west peak, the trail steepens and the brush becomes much more dense, almost jungle-like, with some heavy patches of stinging nettle (be careful!). After passing through some gorgeous fields of wildflowers, you’ll reach the west summit.
From the east side of Y Mount, you will get some pretty good scenic views of the mountains to the east, the most prominent of which is Provo Peak.

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