Salt Lake City: Squaw Peak via Rock Canyon

This 8.4-mile out-and-back hooks around the steep, bare prow of Squaw Peak, then ascends its north slope to a summit with skybox views.
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This 8.4-mile out-and-back hooks around the steep, bare prow of Squaw Peak, then ascends its north slope to a summit with skybox views.

Mapped by Spencer Green

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.7

Waypoints

SQM001

Location: 40.264591217041, -111.62979888916

From Rock Canyon parking lot, head E on double-wide trail lined with grass and scrub oak

SQM002

Location: 40.2648315429688, -111.626502990723

Stick to the middle trail; numerous side trails intersect path

SQM003

Location: 40.2650985717773, -111.623802185059

Look closely: Rock climbers grip up the rugged limestone and quartzite canyon walls. Continue NE

SQM004

Location: 40.2646217346191, -111.612602233887

Cross bridge over Rock Canyon's seasonal creek; 2nd crossing in .1 mi.

SQM005

Location: 40.2658309936523, -111.607597351074

Cross bridge over cascading stream

SQM006

Location: 40.2677383422852, -111.605903625488

Last bridge crossing. In 25 yds., stay straight @ T.

Sidetrip: Just after the bridge, there's a trail to L about 15 feet away to the opening of a cave. If you have time for a fun diversion, it's a neat cave that goes in about 30-40 feet with two branches. You'll need a flashlight.

SQM007

Location: 40.2688903808594, -111.603103637695

Turn L @ T; head NNW into First Left Fork. In .1 mi., pass campsite on R with stone fire ring

SQM008

Location: 40.2751388549805, -111.607696533203

Continue steady ascent on narrow trail shaded by aspen, occasional conifers

SQM009

Location: 40.2796401977539, -111.61540222168

Trail curves to SW through sparse woods, wildflower meadows

SQM010

Location: 40.2783317565918, -111.618301391602

Stay straight where faint trail leads to the R

SQM011

Location: 40.2754516601562, -111.619201660156

Begin final .6-mi. summit climb on windy trail

SQM012

Location: 40.2711296081543, -111.616897583008

Take in nearly-360-degree views on Squaw Peak (7,876 ft.). Highlights: Utah Lake, Timpanogos and Provo Peaks

Squaw Mountain

Location: 40.2644386291504, -111.628051757812

The craggy face of Squaw Mountain rises of the red tinges of Rock Canyon. ©Spencer Green

Squaw Mountain from BYU

Location: 40.2628746032715, -111.631324768066

A long-distance, off-trail view of the pointed, crenulated summit of Squaw Mountain--the hike's goal. ©Spencer Green