American Fork Canyon
Take exit 284 (Highland-Alpine) off I-15, and follow SR 92 east for 7.7 miles to the fee station at the mouth of the canyon. There is a usage fee to enter American Fork Canyon.
Canyon Nature Trail
.4 Mile RT
Drive 2.1 miles up the canyon and the trailhead begins on the north side of the road just before the Timpanogas Cave Visitor Center. The trail follows along the American Fork River .2 mile west to the Swinging Bridge Picnic Area.
Dry Creek Trail/Horsetail Falls
15 Miles RT
From I-15 take exit 287 and head east for 5.4 miles and turn north onto 5300 West Street for 2 miles through Alpine. Turn right at 600 North .3 mile and left at the intersection. After 1.4 miles take the right fork onto Oak Ridge Drive, and left onto Grove Drive. Follow the road for .2 mile to a dirt road and another .2 mile and park. This hike heads east with numerous stream crossing, and a couple waterfalls. After 2.5 miles youíll reach a sign for North Mountain Trail leading north. Continue east, and there will be another trail leading to the south which is Box Elder Trail. After a couple miles the trail will turn into an old jeep road. After a total of 4.5 miles you will finally reach the top of the summit with spectacular views all around you. The trail to the north leads you 1.5 miles to the overlook of Silver Lake Flat, and the trail to the south takes you 3 miles down Deer Creek Trail to Granite Flats Campground just above Tibble Fork Reservoir.
Take exit 284 off I-15, and follow SR 92 east for 7.7 miles to the fee station at the mouth of the canyon. Drive 4.6 miles up the canyon and turn left on North Fork Road/U-144 and go 2.1 miles more to the reservoir. The road to the reservoir is open year round. During winter the road is closed at the reservoir leading up the the campground. The Tibble Fork Reservoir parking area is where you will embark on snowshoe toward Granite Flat Campground. This parking area is heavily used by a variety of outdoor sportspeople. Once parked, snowshoe around the bend in the road which will lead you, after .8 of a mile, to the entrance of the campground marked by a fee booth for summer campers, a gate and a granite rock. The roads in the campground are groomed by the Forest Service for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Unlike other areas of the canyon, snowmobiles are not allowed on these trails, so they allow solitude amidst dramatic surrounds and freedom from the motorized traffic that uses the same trailhead as a launch point for other trails. The trails make loop after loop around the campground amidst the trees. You can also head off the trails to enjoy the powder.
Box Elder Peak Trail NO.044-Difficult-13.5 Miles RT
The trailhead parking is inside the campground just after passing the Deer Creek trailhead before the bridge there are a couple parking spots or turn right just after crossing the bridge.
Deer Creek-Dry Creek Trail-Moderate-7.1 Miles RT
The trailhead is inside the campground just after the entrance fee to the right or you can turn right up Silver Lake Flats Road before the campground and follow it for 3/4 mile until you get to a sharp turn where another trailhead is located. This trail gives you access to Box Elder Peak with views of Tibble Fork Reservoir, Silver Flat Reservoir, and a few waterfalls. This trail will take you up Deer Creek to Horsetail Falls Trail and back down into Alpine to the trailhead of Dry Creek Trail.
The campground is 4 miles in from the mouth of the canyon on the right-hand side of the road. The campground road follows the American Fork River giving that wonderful ambiance of sparkling winter water, ice, and hoar frost. The trail is completely groomed and thus easy to follow as it winds past campsites below the cliff walls of American Fork Canyon. The beginning and end of the road both access SR 92.
Little Mill Campground
Located near Pleasant Grove.
Mill Canyon Trail
6.6 Miles RT
This trail connects from Silver Lake Road to American Fork Canyon Road.
Old Sheep Trail
Easy-3.5 Miles RT
The trail begins at the Alpine Loop Summit from the large parking area. The trail begins on the north side of the parking lot. The trail gives access to Pine Hollow Trail, Mud Spring Trail, Tibble Fork Trail, East Ridge Trail, and Holman Trail. Itís about 13 miles to the overlook of Forest Lake. Itís .75 mile if you want to hike down to Forest Lake. Continue on the main trail which eventually meets up with the Brighton Lakes.
Silver Lake Flat Trail-3.7 Miles RT
Located just before the campground entrance on the east side of the road also.