The road in was quite bad - there was an avalanche about 3 miles from the trail head, but we crawled over it in my buddy's pickup without too much drama.
Lots of route-finding before we hit the ridge. After that, just a steep, rough climb in heavy winds (I estimated sustained bursts at 60 mph based on the "head out the window on the freeway" tests). Summited about 7 PM. It would help to be a little more conditioned than I am; I underestimated this one.
Hiked up the west ridge. The snow was pretty much gone except for a few patches. I had to hike 3 extra miles round trip because of a snow slide covering the road.
Wife and I hiked up Rock Canyon and climbed up the west ridge on New Years Eve, my ninth time on the summit. We used snowshoes most of the way but cached them part way up the ridge and went with ice axes alone. We saw no one all day, but snowmobile tracks on the Squaw Peak Road made that part of the hike easier. The trip took from first light to dark. It was a beautiful white day!
The false summits on Provo Peak used to drive me nuts. But I learned to watch the peak just south of the summit and not expect to be close till I was looking down on it! No more disappointments. :-)
With Brent, Christine, Dave, and Moogie737. Beautiful day and great views from the summit. It took 9 hr and 45 min and would have been even longer if Brent, Dave, and Moogie737 hadn't broken most of the trail the week before.
First ascent on 1-17-09 via the Rock Canyon TH; along with Dave, Christine, Zeejay and Brent. Left the TH at 6:45 am and returned at 4:30 pm. Hard work but worth it. With luck a trip report may materialize. #2 3-2-10 This route is a tougher one than Rock Canyon because of elevation gain. With Brent, Dave and Anne. Plan for a minimum of 11 hours r/t. For us, it was a fine winter adventure. #3 7-17-10 Drove to the TH at 8,350' (high clearance a must). Solo. 1+09 to top, then bagged East Provo Peak. Returned over Provo Peak to find Boy Scouts and signal mirrors on major peaks in the Wasatch. 0+51 down.
Up the CCC terraces.
Sweet. went with my buddy matt. got to the dirt turnout on the road behind squaw peak. started up the obvious trail - NOTE: about 100-200 yards after you start, get off the main 4wd trail and start climbing! we didn't and ended up bushwhacking up to the ridge. going up took like 2:20 because we got lost at first; down was 1 hour. really pretty. fall colors.
With Steve and Brett Bohman. The fall colors were amazing and we did not see another soul. Once on top the great weather we were having instantly was gone, as a large cloud enveloped the mountain and proceeded to dump snow on us for the remainder of the hike. Traversed over to the East peak and the ridge is (BIGGEST CHOSS PILE IN THE WASATCH) horrible. Loose scree and rock and after we got onto the class 3 stuff, the rock was wet and dangerous, so we backed off and headed back up to Provo peak and then back down. It snowed on us the whole way back. what a fun hike.
Jason (my brother), Ammon and his brother, Slade (my boyfriend), and I made it to the top of this steep climb. There were great views and strangely tons of butterflies!
Great views even with the haze. It was my brothers-in-law (age 14 and 12) first time at 11000 feet. They did great! Fun hike despite the bane of my existence: shale. Good workout, a little early route finding which mostly consisted of looking up and finding the ridge. :)
It was a nice time to drive the Squaw Peak road, which I'd never done before: everything was very green. A little bushwhacking above the old bulldozer track before finding the trail. Same thing on the way down. This route is a good, short workout, and it was cool to be on the highest thing between Timp and Nebo, but kind of anticlimactic after South Thunder the previous week, and the limestone scree is not my favorite hiking surface; this made me change my mind about scrambling the disintegrating ridge over to the East Peak. Guess I'm not such a peakbagger after all. That side-trip, nasty now, would have been fun on snow, but there was not much of that left, so I'd left my ice axe in the car. And ah, the sounds of nature, such as two-stroke engines and gunshots. I did enjoy the wildflowers a lot. Worth doing, but if I ever go back it will be winter.
Despite the fact that this hike nearly broke my spirits, once on top the views were fantastic. I watched as Ammon Hatch tried to solo to East, and made the decision to stay put based on how it was going for him (and the fact that I had no strength left in my legs). Good times.
The weather was just perfect that day so I decided to make the trek up the peak. Somehow I missed the cairn turnoff along the trail and ended up blazing my own trail up the Northwestern ridge among the pines. It was slow going, but I finally hit the summit. What an amazing view!! The visibility was spectacular. The temperature at the summit was about 70 degrees with a slight breeze. It couldn't have been more pleasant up there.
Short and steep with sweet views. FYI: Watch out for hunters.
I had a tuesday off so I headed for Provo Peak, one I had my eyes on for some time. I parked higher up and followed an atv track until it intersected the usual climbers trail. Steep in many places but the views were expansive and just got better the higher up I got. From the log I was the first one up there since Labor day. Strange that a great peak this close to major cities gets very little activity. The trail I found is good all the way to the summit and is worth looking for.
Ive done this hill many times and in all times of the year. I love it.
Sept 29, 2012. Seems like Provo Peak is now popular, saw 8 other people out there today, in the past I've had the place to myself.
The Fall colors were nice.
June 20, 2009. I'm finishing up the Wasatch 11,000er's and I needed to bag East Peak, so I first summited Provo Peak (and it was snowing on the peak), and then lost a bunch of Elevation trying to follow the ridge to East Peak. It took 1.5 hours to summit Provo Peak, and another 1.5 hours to traverse over to East Peak. The traverse is steep. Lots of wind and driving rain to deal with on this solo trip.
No more Peak Cairn?
Aug 11, 2008
Two years ago, when I climbed Provo Peak there was a carin on the peak. Today (August 11, 2008) the cairn was gone.... which one of you destoryed it?
Anyway, from the Squaw peak road it took me less than 1.5 hours to summit.
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006
I drove up Squaw Peak road to the base of Provo Peak, then just made my own way up to the peak, walking through and over the man made terraces along the way. Eventually I came to the north ridge and followed that to the peak. On the peak, inside the cairn, I found a log book, which I signed. I did find a faint trail down the west side on the return trip.
Hiked up the West ridge then once at the top traversed down and up East Peak. Descending down on the way over to east peak we stayed on the ridge / rock as much as possible and dropped down to the south a few times. A bit sketchy on the Scree going down between provo peak and east peak but possible with some hiking poles to help with balance. On the way back if you stay on the ridge you only have to drop down to the south a few times. Is there another route up East peak??
Squaw Peak Road wasn't open yet, so I decided to ride my bike in... Made for a long day. Great summit though, awesome views.
Full TR here: http://www.danransom.com/TripReports/?p=26
Pretty steep, but short. I attempted to solo over to East Provo, but decided against it after 20 minutes of banging my head against a wall. I suggest it to no one.
The road was passable by passenger cars, so the horrible nature of the road is either exaggerated, or it has been improved lately.