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Cascade Mountain

 
Cascade Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.30700°N / 111.588°W

Object Title: Cascade Mountain

Elevation: 10908 ft / 3325 m

 

Page By: MrWasatch

Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2003 / Jul 22, 2005

Object ID: 152066

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Page Score: 80.81%  - 13 Votes 

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Overview


Cascade Mountain just misses the 11,000 foot club, but is still one of the toughest, least visited peaks in the Wasatch. I only know of two feasable routes up this peak for hikers, and they are both long and difficult. More challenging routes can be found for serious scramblers and some fine spring snow routes have been added for technical mountaineers. Cascade is the next major mountain south of Timpanogos and overlooks much of Utah Valley.

Getting There


The two routes commonly used on Cascade are the south ridge via Dry Creek, and the East Ridge via Bunnells Fork. I have only used the South Ridge route. The trailhead is just beyond Rock Creek Campground and can be accessed by either the Squaw Peak Road (recommended) or hiking up Rock Creek trail (making an already tough climb even tougher!).

From I-15, take exit 275 to highway 52, and then highway 189. Continue east at a split towards Bridal Veil Falls up Provo Canyon. Just past mile marker 9 is a sharp turn to the right which is the Squaw Peak Road. It is paved for several miles (and some great views), then grated dirt to Rock Creek C.G. About 3/4 of a mile past the campground is the trail that leads up Dry Creek (very scenic and under-rated). Parking is very limited.

Red Tape


No permits required, no fees. The Squaw Peak road is generally open Memorial Day until winter weather sets in (usually late September or October). Park carefully on the narrow road.

When To Climb


June through September most years. In winter, climbing this mountain involves significant avalanche risk.

Camping


Camping is allowed, no fees or reservations required.

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Brian Jenkinssome more info on the Dry Creek route

Brian Jenkins

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Hope this helps others as I found it confusing to find the trailhead. It's 9.6 miles from the turn onto Squaw Creek Road to the TH. (Ignore the sign that says the campground is 9.5 miles, it is really 9.0.) The TH is .5 miles after Rock Canyon Campground (incorrectly called Rock Creek Canyon on the route page). The last .5 miles are not suitable for passenger cars. Need a high clearance vehicle to make it. The trail is only identified by a brown plastic post saying it is Trail 060. Once you hit the ridge after 3 miles on the trail, the trail to follow is obvious to the left and is marked as Trail 059.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 8:10 pm
JonScottBikesWow Okay

JonScottBikes

Voted 6/10

I have a ton to say about this hike, but due to lack of time I will just warn everyone to not try this hike in the dark...with sub freezing temperatures...high winds...and heavy snow. It was extremely dangerous. We only got to the end of the part of the range that runs east west. Took us 5 hours round trip from Squaw Peak Road south Summit near Buffalo Peak. Also don't make the mistake of taking the Shingle Mill trail. Definitely stay on the south and west sides of the ridge. It defeated us this time, but next time no way.
Posted Oct 11, 2013 10:15 pm

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