Squaw Canyon Hike
Location: Wasatch Range, Utah
Perhaps the most popular smaller peak in Utah County is Squaw Peak, at the mouth of Rock Canyon (just above the Provo Temple and the Missionary Training Center). From the west you can see Squaw gently rising from north to south, but the south side drops abruptly to the canyon bottom, creating a ferocious south face.
Take the trail which heads up Rock Canyon (which is paved for the first bit).You will cross five bridges and then continue about ¼ mile until you see the Squaw Peak Trail rock on the left (north). Take a good look at the photo of the rock with the words “Squaw Peak Trail” engraved on it. That’s your trail marker!
As you make your way to the north, you’ll have a fine view of Mt. Timpanogos. The trail turns and gets steeper as you finish the climb to the summit, where you are greeted with an impressive view back down to the Rock Canyon trailhead, nearly 3,000 feet straight down! Take in nearly-360-degree views on Squaw Peak (7,876 ft.) from which you can see Utah Lake,
Timpanogos and Provo Peak, a seldom visited 11,000 foot peak.
Taking this route up Squaw Peak is approximately three miles each way from the main Rock Canyon trail, climbing about 3,000 feet total. Expect round-trip hiking times of three to four hours from the trailhead parking lot.