Squaw Mountain (Squaw Peak) Climber's Log
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|WaterGuy||West Slope |
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010
|I actually was just messing around in rock canyon near the water tank about 1/3 mile into the canyon and started going up a rock chute and climbed for about 30 minutes to the top of the chute. At the top of the chute there was a faint trail that seemed to go to the peak. I decided to follow that for a while. After about 600 vertical feet it disappeared and I figured that I would just bushwack to the top. It was a lot harder than it looked, but was still fun. I was pretty sick of shrub oak at the top so I decided to go down the standard route. It took about 3 hours to climb up and 1 hour to jog down.|
|Posted Aug 15, 2010 10:41 pm|
|WaterGuy||Rock Canyon |
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2010
|This is such a nice hike. The first mile is right next to the stream and is gorgeous. On top there was some meadows with yellow wild flowers. I highly recommend it if you have a few hours on a summer morning.|
|Posted Aug 8, 2010 7:47 pm|
|builttospill||From RC |
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010
|Never got around to doing this one until now, but it's a surprisingly nice hike and (of course) has great views of the valley. Had the summit to myself for about an hour, during which I took a great nap.|
|Posted Jul 19, 2010 5:37 pm|
|thigbee||Climbed several times |
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2009
|I've climbed Squaw Peak over a dozen times. I've gone several times from Rock Canyon and several times from the Squaw Peak Road, which sucks but is faster. I'm currently working on a sport climbing route that goes up the south face of the mountain. So far I've got 14 completed pitches and, when completed, it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-21 pitches. I'm also trying to keep the route under 5.11. Stay tuned. It should be finished by the end of summer 2010. Let me know if you'd like to contribute financially to the bolting process (them bolts are expensive!).|
|Posted Feb 2, 2010 2:55 pm|
|ericwillhite||West Face Snowshoe |
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2009
|Just blazed a trail up the west face of the mountain. Map of route I took and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/provo/squaw_mountain_271.htm|
|Posted Jul 13, 2009 12:12 am|
|aprovance||Rock Canyon/Left Fork |
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009
|It is a beautiful, scenic hike, that took about 1 hour 45 minutes to the top from the Rock Canyon parking area. Great views at the top! It was much more pleasant than my previous trip. I did this same hike for the first time a little over a month earlier in mid April. Due to the exceptionally cool and wet Spring we've had this year, the east side (backside) leading up to Squaw Peak was covered with four to five feet of snow shortly after making the left fork. "Postholing" was a common occurrence, but it was sunny enough that despite all the snow, we felt comfortable hiking in shorts and a t-shirt. It took about three hours to make it to the top back in April.|
|Posted Jun 22, 2009 1:10 am|
|asaking11||Via West Direct Route |
Date Climbed: May 20, 2009
|Good hike with awesome weather conditions. Make sure you stay in the rock slide area, otherwise it's a mess of scrub oak that will tear you up pretty good.|
|Posted May 21, 2009 11:52 am|
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009
|I feel like I'm spamming the climber's log for this mountain!|
My brother and I snowshoed it today. It was a lot of fun.
|Posted Mar 7, 2009 9:54 pm|
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2008
|I thought I posted this already, but here it is March 2009 and I forgot.|
I hiked Squaw Peak for the second time on November 1, 2008. It was a good way to relax and forget my troubles on a windy saturday. Weather was nice, but windy and cold at the top. There was not a significant amount of snow anywhere on the mountain at this time.
|Posted Mar 1, 2009 6:34 pm|
|byates||A WMC hike|
|With Laila ant Peter.|
|Posted Dec 7, 2008 11:31 pm|
|tmcrane||via First Left Fork |
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008
|Left my car at 7 pm and made it back at 10 pm on the dot. Plenty of shade on a hot summer evening and a great view of the southern wasatch from the peak made this a very enjoyable hike.|
|Posted Aug 11, 2008 6:20 pm|
|marauders||Route Climbed: First Left Fork |
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008
|Great conditioning hike that you can do in a few hours. Coming down the west face is faster, but scree covered.|
|Posted Jun 19, 2008 4:45 pm|
|JDrake||Squaw Peak |
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1992
|This is a fun hike I did several times in the 90's.|
|Posted Jun 10, 2008 6:58 pm|
|spengy||From Rock Canyon |
Date Climbed: May 1, 2008
|Hiked from Rock Canyon. Took me approximately two hours from the parking lot to the summit. Probably took me an hour to get down. I spent about an hour at the top taking pictures and enjoying the 2500 ft. drop down to Rock Canyon. |
Fairly fun hike. There is still a lot of snow towards the top at this time of year! You can't see it from the valley floor, but when you get up towards the top, it is there in abundance on those east-facing slopes. I was wearing some Vans tennis shoes, so my feet got a little wet. Nothing to worry about, as the weather was nice - probably 55 degrees. perfect hiking weather.
My one complaint against this route is that the 'trail' (more of a road) in Rock Canyon before the fork is composed largely of loose rocks - what a pain. It gets better once you get out of the canyon.
|Posted May 4, 2008 1:35 pm|
|buffgato||Left Fork and Deep Snow |
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2008
|We were not exactly sure how much snow to expect since the west face had already melted, but we found at least four or five feet all the way up the east side. No snowshoes meant postholing every other step, which was sort of fun, but also quite tiring and the going was slow. Good hike though! Despite the snow, it was quite warm, and the views were fantastic.|
|Posted Mar 21, 2008 2:49 am|
Date Climbed: May 8, 2004
|Climbed up from very bottom of Rock Canyon. Trails were good the whole way.|
|Posted Oct 17, 2007 2:07 pm|
|Bruce Christensen||Rainy |
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007
|I took a quick hike from the Rock Canyon trailhead to the summit via the First Left Fork "Squaw Peak Trail" route. The leaves were beautiful, but the weather was not. It was raining lightly when I started, and the rain turned to snow at about 7000 feet. Visibility at the summit was perhaps 100 feet, so I definitely didn't get a good view of the Utah Valley panorama.|
TH to summit: 1h30m
Summit to base: 1h10m
More detailed blog post: http://blog.brucec.net/2007/10/squaw-peak.html
|Posted Oct 3, 2007 9:36 pm|
|vanman798||Good exercise |
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2014
|Did this walk the first time in June 2006, and again in November 2006. Nice views of Utah County from the top.|
December 26, 2007 (Boxing Day), I just bagged Squaw Peak for the third time. The snow was waist deep in places, and I wasn't using snowshoes. Tonnes of post-holing! I started at 2:40 pm, hit the peak at 5:30 pm, and was down, in the dark, by 7:30pm. I use the so-called "rumored" route from Rock Canyon.
September 27, 2008. Climbed Squaw Peak as a solo trail run, summiting in 70 minutes. The descent took less than an hour.
December 27, 2008. Walked the first third, snowshoed the second third on an existing trail, broke trail on snowshoes for the last third.
May 2, 2009. Ascent took 70 minutes, descent took 50 minutes.
October 18, 2009. Solo ascent took 90 minutes. Didn't time the descent cause I ended up chatting with another solo hiker.
January 2, 2010. The first half of the trail from Rock Canyon was packed solid, but by half way we found it useful to don our snowshoes. By the time we reached the last third snowshoes were essential. Yards from the top we heard a "whoop" as the snow pack settled, but luckily in only cracked and didn't slide. Three of us were on this trip.
February 28, 2010. Strolled up the normal route and on the way down the snow was so sticky that I stopped to make a snowman in the meadow where the down trail turns south to follow the drainage to rock canyon.
We got snow early this 2010 "winter" so I had to get out and enjoy it, so Nov 26 (Black Friday), 2010 I strolled up in the snow.
June 5, 2011 - While en route and still in Rock Canyon my friend actually stepped on a rattle snake. Wow! But nothing happened and we continued on to the peak.
August 28, 2011 - Car to peak and back to car 2 hours 15 minutes. It was hot out and I sweated a lot!!! :)
Feb 26, 2012 - From the green gate in Rock Canyon to the first bridge over the creek, the trail was pure solid ice, so the walking was very slow. Reached the peak in 2.5 hours, and descended in 2 hours. Didn't need the snowshoes as the trail was in all the way to peak.
Nov 10, 2012. Started walking at 8:30 am, and by the time I hit the third bridge I got fresh tracks in the new snow. Was borderline as to whether or not snowshoes would help, I opted to go without. Took me 3 hours to reach the peak, busting trail and all. Descent was less than 1.5 hours.
Feb 10, 2013. The trail was packed up rock canyon, but at the turn off to Squaw Peak it was fresh snow over the established path. I left the snowshoes off until I got out of the drainage and turned west (what I think of as the last 1/3). To socked in to get any views (I could see maybe 10 feet). Car to car in under 3 hours.
Oct 8, 2013 - 1 hour 20 minutes up, 1 hour 12 min down.
March 16, 2014 - Took the wife up, lots of ice and/or mud. Took 2 hours 40 mins up, and 2 hours down.
Dec 9, 2014 - Utah is still snowless, and with record breaking warm temperatures. I'd prefer snow and cold, but nonetheless it was a very warm day for December and made for a nice hike up Squaw Peak. It was two hours up, an hour on the peak reading, and about an hour down (forgot to time it).
|Posted Jul 16, 2007 4:44 pm|
|seanpeckham||Loop route |
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006
|Took the trail that goes up the canyon on Squaw's backside from the south, didn't really need the snowshoes. Saw a moose near the top. I liked the views of Timp. Descended down the canyon to the north. We were breaking trail at that point; thus the snowshoes were nice. The bottom run-out was on the stream ice, pretty little canyon (other than the occasional pile of junk that idiot litterbugs left behind).|
|Posted Jun 5, 2007 3:22 am|
|mountaingazelle||Rock Canyon Left Fork |
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007
|I climbed Squaw Peak from Rock Canyon. A nice scenic approach with good views. The forest blocks out views higher up. Hard packed snow in the morning led to deep post-holing in the afternoon. It was a very warm day. T-shirt and shorts weather in March.|
|Posted Mar 18, 2007 11:46 pm|