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Five Peaks on the Back Side of Rock Canyon

Five Peaks

Cas­cade Moun­tain — (10,908 feet)


Cas­cade Mountain

This is the large moun­tain south of Provo Canyon. It has four seper­ate peaks along its sum­mit ridge. The south sum­mit is 147 feet lower than the actual sum­mit. This is con­sid­ered one of the harder peaks in the Wasatch because there is really no easy way to the top. The first thing that is notice­able about Cas­cade Moun­tain is that there are sev­eral steep couloirs run­ning down its west face. These couloirs make excel­lent spring snow climbs. There are two routes that hik­ers gen­er­ally use. The Bun­nels Fork route is prob­a­bly the most scenic. It is still a long day with over 5,000 feet of ele­va­tion gain. The sec­ond route is the south ridge from Dry Fork trail­head on Squaw Peak Road. The north­east ridge is another pos­si­bil­ity, but this would be a very long day.

Light­ning Peak — (10,056 feet)

Lightning Peak

Light­ning Peak

Light­ning Peak is located on the ridge­line north­east of Shin­gle Mill Peak. The Great West­ern Trail pro­vides access to this peak. Also Shin­gle Mill Canyon or Water Hol­low can be hiked from the South Fork of Provo Canyon. The trail climbs to a high moun­tain ridge­line called Windy Pass. Light­ning Peak will be directly west of the pass. You can also climb Light­ning Peak from the Dry Fork Trail­head on Squaw Peak Road. This would be a long day hike. The moun­tain can be seen in the dis­tance above many of the smaller peaks near Big Springs Hol­low to the northwest.

Shin­gle Mill Peak — (10,690 feet)

Shingle Mill Peak

Shin­gle Mill Peak

Shin­gle Mill Peak is located north of Free­dom Peak on the same ridge­line. The stan­dard route for climb­ing the moun­tain is from the Dry Fork Trail­head on Squaw Peak Road. The moun­tain has lines of ter­races run­ning across its slopes. The trail tra­verses these ter­races until it gets to the sad­dle with Shin­gle Mill Peak and Free­dom Peak. Now all you have to do is fol­low the ridge up to the sum­mit. The last part is steep but not dif­fi­cult. You might as well climb Free­dom Peak while you are there. Shin­gle Mill Peak can also be reached from Big Springs Trail. The dis­tance from the park­ing lot to the Cas­cade sad­dle is just over 5 miles. The route from the Big Springs trail is longer than the route from Dry Fork.

Free­dom Peak — (10,801 feet)

Freedom Peak

Free­dom Peak

This moun­tain was offi­cially named on June 9, 2005. One of the largest Inde­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions, The Free­dom Fes­ti­val, takes place in Provo. No doubt this had influ­ence on vot­ing to name it Free­dom Peak. It is located on the ridge­line north of Provo Peak. The short­est route to the top is from the Dry Fork Trail­head on Squaw Peak Road. This is the same approach for Shin­gle Mill Peak which you could eas­ily com­bine with Free­dom Peak. The final part up the moun­tain has some nice scram­bling along the ridge­line. You can also con­tinue on the ridge toward Provo Peak.

East Provo Peak — (11,044 feet)

East Provo Peak

East Provo

East Provo Peak is located to the east of Provo Peak. It is only twenty-four feet lower and climbed less often than Provo Peak. They are con­nected by a ridge­line and a sad­dle. To tra­verse this ridge you will lose ele­va­tion before climb­ing up to the sum­mit. This is a steep hike that has some loose rock. East Provo has enough promi­nence to qual­ify as a sep­a­rate peak. It is climbed by peo­ple wish­ing to com­plete the Wasatch Eleven­ers. East Provo Peak can also be reached by a long ridge hike from Free­dom Peak far­ther north. This route is usu­ally accessed from Squaw Peak Road.

Provo Peak — (11,068 feet)

Provo Peak

Provo Peak

Provo Peak is one of the high­est moun­tains above the city of Provo. The route used the most is the west ridge. The trail­head for the west ridge starts from Squaw Peak Road. This road is paved to Rock Creek Camp­ground and then turns into a gravel dirt road after that. The route is dif­fi­cult to find at the begin­ning. You’ll be walk­ing up steep slopes and along ter­races. Once you get to the ridge­line the trail will be easy to see and fol­low. You can also get there from the Dry Fork Trail­head by tak­ing the same route to Free­dom Peak and con­tin­u­ing south along the ridge.