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Snow, song and solitude on Squaw Peak

Peak Summited2021 Squaw Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSquaw Peak Trailhead
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Squaw Peak stands proudly over Provo, drawing attention to it’s angular shape.
People with an explorer’s heart often point out cool geologic features and declare “I want to climb that, see how it looks from above”. And so that’s what we do. We hike it and take in the view, acknowledging that the angles look very much different from above, and sit down to eat our lunch while contemplating the journey we took to get there.
Squaw Peak may be a relatively small peak, but that doesn’t mean the hike up doesn’t pack a punch, especially when factoring in slippery slush that is that much more difficult to trudge through.
Sure, it’s all an uphill climb once you take the turnoff by the rock pile that someone so generously assembled, and yeah, you encounter sloshy mud and eventually, slush that resembles one those shaved ice drinks you get from a hut on the side of the road and yes, I get that maybe the hike starts to feel neverending every time you turn another corner and realize you are not anywhere near the summit, but it’s still a worthy climb. And a worthy view. And a worthy spot to hang with a friend that closes her eyes, breathes in the mountain air, and belts out a line from John Denver’s Annie’s Song… “you fill up my seeeeeenses!” Yes, Squaw Peak certainly filled up our senses. And we will be back- in the Fall next time when Squaw Peak is showing off it’s pretty Fall colors, beckoning us up the mountain again to sit at the top with our lunch and relish the view of how it all looks from above.

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  1. What an amazing view! I have never hiked with so much snow so I am pretty jealous about that! Haha.