• Activities:

    Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1074 Feet

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Dog Friendly

Hiking the Y is a local must.

Everyone who lives in Provo knows about Y Mountain. Many locals and visitors enjoy “hiking the Y.” There is a small parking lot at the beginning and bathrooms. It is a steep mountain, but there are 12 switchbacks that make it easier to get to the Y. There are many places to stop to rest and enjoy the view. You can choose to hike up to the top of the Y on the mountain or you can hike the whole mountain. The difficultly ranges from easy to hard depending on how far you go on the mountain. The views of Provo, surrounding cities, and Utah Lake are great!

Directions: From 900 East, turn east on 820 North, keep to the left, the street will change to Oakmont Lane, take a right onto Oak Cliff Drive, then a right on Terrace, finally a left into the parking lot.

Coordinates:

  • TH 40.2448, -111.627
  • Y Mountain 40.2483, -111.621

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This is the go to provo hike. It’s fine, but not great. Short and steep with a good view at the end but a bit boring overall. Good for a quick fix.

5 months ago
5 months ago

Going to BYU, I was always invited to hike to the Y, but it's honestly not that fun of a hike. It's fun for nostalgia sake if you're a BYU student or just love the Y, but there are much prettier, comparable trails close by to the Y. The trail is really steep (as it was meant for maintenance vehicles) and is exposed the entire way. Unless you go at 5 Am, you will always be in the hot sun hiking up and I am not a fan of that.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This is a good hike that doesn't take very long but has a great view as a pay-off at the end. A lot of people are surprised by how steep the switchbacks are and how much effort it really does take, so bring plenty of water. It is frequented by tourists and families so be prepared to share the trial. If you are a people person, it is no problem...if you are looking for alone time in nature, this is not the place to find it.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Have done this hike since I was a little kid with my family. Do it once a year. Awesome view of the valley

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Honestly the hike to the Y is brutal and way steep but it is way rewarding. The trail keeps going on though and that's where the scenery gets really pretty. I would recommend this hike to anyone especially if you're at BYU.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Janel Reynolds

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