See the approach section on the front page for directions to the Maple Canyon Trailhead/Campground. There are no fees or registrations needed, just pull in and go.
This is the most popular way to climb Spanish Fork Peak. From the trailhead in Maple Canyon (elev. 5,500’), follow the trail east alongside the stream for about half a mile. Watch for a split where you cross the stream to the right (south) and begin climbing up the Right Fork of Maple Canyon. This trail climbs quite steeply for almost 3,000 feet alongside a small stream to reach Maple Lake (elev. 8,750’). Spanish Fork Peak stays hidden until you reach the lake, so be prepared for a couple hours of relatively unchanging scenery and relentless climbing. You soon bend west and arrive at the small lake. The trail passes the lake and turns back north ascending to the ridge at about 9,600 feet. Snow lingers in this basin into early summer, but should present no problems and does not require an axe. From the ridge the trail heads around a sub-peak on the west slopes. The western exposure melts snow quickly, but I still found a few icy patches in mid-June. A final haul up the bland west slope leads to the summit.
Standard Wasatch day hike. A good pair of boots and adequate water are likely the most important items.
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