Started at the forest road. Only one on the trail that day. Hot but nice breeze.
My buddy Jackson and I set out on Friday, Feb 22 at about 5:45 PM up Rock Canyon. Our plan was to hike to the Rock Canyon Campground and continue on up Squaw Peak Rd until the base of the West Ridge of Provo Peak. We would camp there for the night and then go for the summit Saturday morning and head back to the car back the way we came.
We brought along snowshoes, although we didn't know when we would need to put them on. We also had ice axes for once we got up on the ridge. Pleasantly, there was a well-packed trail all the way to the campground. So we didn't end up breaking out the snowshoes until we got to the campground. Took us about 1.5 hours to teach the campground. From there we continued onto Squaw Peak Rd, where the packed trail ended. From there on out we were breaking trail, and the going was not easy. The powder ranged from 6-12" deep. We took turns breaking trail, and too a short break about every 15 minutes.
We ended up setting up camp about 2-ish miles down the road past the campground, around 9:00 PM. We were able to flatten out a nice spot next to the road with our snowshoes and get the tent pitched. Once we stopped moving, we started getting cold quickly. We weren't sure exactly what the temperature was, but it was likely in the single digits. We slept as well as can be expected, and woke up to frosty sleeping bags and tent. We kept all our water in our sleeping bags to keep it from freezing.
The morning was colder still, probably started out around 0°F. We got some stuff packed up, but we left the tent with sleeping bags and pads inside to cut down on weight. We left camp out about 8 AM. We pretty much new by this point that we wouldn't be attempting to summit. The previous night had worn us out too much. However, we wanted to make it to the base of the ridge to get a good look at it and assess any obvious avalanche dangers. We reached the ridge in about an hour. The ridge looked safe, with none of the large cornices we'd read about in Provo-area avalanche reports.
We turned around, packed up the tent and started back out Rock Canyon. The way back was very easy going, because it was downhill and we had already broken trail. We made it back to the car in about 2 hours.
In the absence of significant snowfall, getting to the West Ridge via Rock Canyon with snowshoes should be much quicker going now, since the trail is well packed. The ridge itself would certainly be extremely tiring in the given conditions.
This is the steepest climb I have done to date, even steeper than West Mountain. And yet the hike is gorgeous, with pretty wildflowers lower down and incredible views the whole way and, impossibly, the views are even better from the summit. This was the second-windiest hike I have done, after only Independence Rock, WY. Overall the hike itself was not a ton of fun, but the views and the significance of the peak made it worthwhile. A register has been recently added, as well as a strange but neat weathervane structure. Also worth noting is that the road in is fine until Rock Canyon CG, but absolutely horrendous after that, so be sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. Overall I would definitely recommend this hike for the views and the nice summit.
With Twin Peaks, West; Twin Peaks, East; Mount Baldy & Hidden Peak.
I could have started at Squaw Peak road, but I wanted a bit more out of it so I was going to start from the Y trailhead. Then I figured why not be really ridiculous and park half a mile down the road. According to my Garmin it was 6.7 miles and 6625 feet of elevation one way. My legs feel like jello.
The weather was unbelievable today. Not a cloud anywhere, no snow, and 70 degrees at the trailhead in the afternoon. I couldn't believe I had the whole mountain to myself when I was up there.
Took the West Ridge route.
Hiked with Duc. Started at 5 pm. Great views. Awesome sunset on the way out. Didn't know the peak to the east was another 11er. We should have kept going. A good excuse to return to a beautiful area.
Short but steep hike from the pass, where we parked the Jeep, a very fun road to go fast on! Views were incredible although it was getting late but I decided to do East Provo Peak anyway.
Great hike. The summit kept teasing but we got there. Just park on the camelback road and walk up :)
Started from the Y Mountain trailhead, and went up over Lion's Head and then back down to the Provo Peak west ridge trailhead. Lots of elevation gain (and some loss that had to be made up on the way back), but it was a great workout! Finding the right places to turn to get from the Y trail to the Provo Peak trailhead can be tricky without GPS, but with it I was able to manage.
Hiked up the west ridge and enjoyed the views for a bit.
I woke up early morning and started the long hike via the Y mountain trailhead. Saw two big deer on the trail and refilled water in a little spring up in the saddle. Like a few other posters here, after crossing Squaw Peak road, I followed the ATV trail for too long and then almost got lost in the thick dense bushes. Finally reached the summit after 7 hours' hike from Provo. The views were spectacular - you could see all the way to the Great Salt Lake and the Uintas - and there were 5 other climbers and many more butterflies. It was nice to see the BYU SWKT tower and the "Y" mountain so deep below. The descent back to Provo took 4 hours and I walked back through the first right fork trail and Rock canyon. There were delicious berries on the trail.
Made the short but steep hike up to the top of Provo Peak, and then continued on to East Provo Peak with David. We started out descending the southeast slopes and then traversing over to the ridge between the two peaks, but after encountering some miserably loose shale (honestly, the worst terrain I've ever encountered) we decided to stay on the ridge on the way back, which proved to be much easier. Even on the ridge the rock was a bit loose in places though, so I'd urge caution to whoever tries it. See "Jekyll & Hyde" trip report for details.
I enjoyed this peak. The trail is steep. The scenery is great. We saw a lot of wildflowers. We also did East Provo Peak. I did this hike with Brandon (Rocky Alps).
It is interesting that such a high peak, with significant prominence above a city of over 100,000 people has such a nondescript trail, and few climbers. It really is a gorgeous mountain with gorgeous views. On the fourth of July we had the mountain to ourselves. It is a steep trail however, it opens the lungs for sure! Worth it! Took about an hour and a half from Squaw Peak Road.
6/18/2015 As part of a traverse from Shingle Mill Peak to Provo Peak, with Ben Stokes. Started up Dry Fork to Shingle Mill, traverse to Provo, with a descent down the North Ridge of Provo into Burnt Hollow and bushwhack down to the Squaw Peak road eventually getting back down to my truck at the Dry Fork TH. Pretty awesome day. The bushwhack down Burnt Hollow was pretty brutal.
9/20/2013 West Ridge approach. Short, steep, fun hike. Great views all around. Hiked it with my dad.
Squaw Peak road was washed out so we parked the vehicle and hiked on the road for a while.
08/16/2014-Took the pups (Miko and Nala) this time. We all loved it.
Short little climb with enough elevation to keep you on your toes. Started from Rock Canyon TH to stretch the day out a little more. I followed the ATV trail a little too long (like a few before me, you'd think I'd have known better) and ended up on the north side of the ridge, bushwacking up the terracing. Finally worked my way over to the trail and had a lovely climb to the top.
West Ridge route. Didn't have access to a 4x4 so we rode MTBs up the road instead.