Hike "Y" Mountain in 360 Degrees
TRAIL MAP of the Y TRAIL
This trail has 13 turns making its way up 1047 feet in just one mile, making it a great workout in a short distance. Located in Provo, Utah, this trail has beautiful views of Utah Lake, Provo, and BYU campus. There are benches along the way to help you out, and of course you can take lots of breaks. There is no need to go too fast, but do this trail when it is not too hot so it is more enjoyable.
|Y Trail Map with all the Turns|
|Front View of Y Mountain|
The Y Mountain started in 1906 when the Junior class of 1906 at BYU went up and painted a 06 on the mountain. This made the Senior class very offended. To right the "wrong" the President of BYU asked some students to layout the letters "B" a, "Y" and "U" on the mountain, then the BIG event started. The student body showed up and stood 8 feet apart on the trail all the way up to the sight passing white wash from one to the next. The students started with great enthusiasm early in the morning to white wash these letters and were expected to be done my 10am. However it turned out to be such a bigger job than they expected. By 4pm they had just finished the Y, and the enthusiasm to finish the other 2 letters was gone for most were going without breakfast or lunch because they refused to break up the line to eat.
Each year on Y-day in the spring the line of men would line up, the women would prepare food, the band would play and the Y would get repainted each year until 1972 when they started using heavy equipment to carry the white wash up the mountain. In 1978, it took 10 days to add a mixture of Sand and Cement. In 2016, lights were added that when turned on is a magnificent site in the whole valley!
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360 Trail Close to Middle of Y
360 Trail Approaching Y
VIDEO OF VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE "Y".
DRONE VIDEO FROM TOP OF Y
|Benches at the Top of the "Y" . Amazing spot to hang out and catch the sunset.|
TRAIL HEAD Y GATE and SIGNS and INFORMATION
|Y Gate Looking East -- The "Y" is in top left corner.|
|Y Gate Looking to West at Trail head|
Trail Head Signs
VIEWS OF UTAH VALLEY ALONG THE Y TRAIL
|View Out to the South - Seven Peaks Water Park in bottom, Springville on left.|
THE Y TRAIL
I LOVE THE ENCOURAGING TRAIL SIGNS ON
Encouraging Words on the Trail Signs 2 "Keep Going!"
& 6"Don't Give Up!"
Encouraging Words on the Trail Signs 8 "Its Not Much Further"
Encouraging Words on the Trail Signs 9 "Sooo Close"
Encouraging Words on the Trail 11"The View Is Worth It"
I am lucky to have a friend that is just as encouraging as these signs. She cheers me on, and gives me encouraging words. May we all be like these signs sending positive words to those around you to help them stay strong, to not give up, and to keep their chin up!
|Bench on Trail up to Y|
|Restrooms at Trailhead before hike to Y|
|Kiosk at the Trail Head with information about the history of the Y. Photos below are closer up so you can read it.|
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I have done this hike over 135 times and I still love it. There is beauty in it pretty much year round. I was there April 23, 2019 and the waterfalls are fuller than I have ever seen them. Get up and check out this amazing set of 3 waterfalls (2 have 4 tiers).
Did you know many people walk this trail in the morning for exercise because it is such a great workout in such a short distance. It is similar to Hiking to the Y, and more scenic.
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