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Squaw Peak Hike

Squaw Canyon Hike

Squaw Peak
Ele­va­tion: 7,877
Loca­tion: Wasatch Range, Utah

One of the Bridges

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.

Squaw Peak Trail Marker

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,

Stand­ing on the Edge of Squaw Peak

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.