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Squaw Canyon Trail

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A beautiful hike with breathtaking views of gorgeous canyons from above and in the canyons!


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4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

5,419' 1,652 m

High

5,100' 1,554 m

Low

482' 147 m

Up

187' 57 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the Squaw Canyon Trailhead at the Squaw Flats campgrounds, you start out heading southeast on the Squaw Canyon Trail by trekking over small knobs with a unsurpassed 360° view of the canyons and snow-capped mountains in the distance for as far as the eye can see. The sandstones many shades of reddish, burgundy, brown and tan start to surround you. You pass through the abundant cottonwood trees, sagebrush, pinyon pine, and ever present reed grasses along the way.

Keep following the trail southeast for about one mile until you get to the Peekaboo Trail split. Keep right and head southwest to stay on the Squaw Canyon Trail. (Around here we saw lots of mountain lion prints and it smelled of feline urine. Though mountain lions tend to avoid humans at all cost, be aware and keep kids and pets close.) Here the canyons walls begin to swallow and surround you with their magnificent beauty.

About 3/4 of a mile past the Peekaboo Trail split you come to SQ1 campsite on your right. It's perfectly nestled in the canyon.

Keep winding your way through the canyon for another 3/4 of a mile and you'll arrive at the Lost Canyon Trail split. Stay right and continue southwest to stay on the Squaw Canyon Trail. Shortly after the Lost Canyon Trail split you'll arrive at SQ2 campsite on your left.

Continue southwest for about one mile until you reach the end of Squaw Canyon Trail at an intersection with the Big Spring Canyon Trail.

Flora & Fauna

The vegetation mostly consist of Pinyon Pine and Claret Cup Cactus. Mule deer, coyotes, porcupines, desert cottontails, black-tailed Jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, wood rats, skunks, ringtails, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, bats, lizards, snakes, hawks, and eagles all can be found in Canyonlands National Park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tj Carney with improvements by Tilman Giese

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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in The Needles

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One of the jumps along Squaw Canyon Trail!
Jun 11, 2016 near Monticello, UT
Squaw Canyon 1 - Needles Campground.
May 16, 2017 near Monticello, UT
3.9 miles left! Squaw Canyon in the background!
Jul 11, 2018 near Monticello, UT
A nearby view overlooking Squaw Canyon 1 - Needles Campground.
May 16, 2017 near Monticello, UT
Squaw Canyon Trail
Mar 27, 2020 near Monticello, UT
Squaw Canyon!
Jul 11, 2018 near Monticello, UT

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Apr 15, 2019
Tilman Giese
Aug 30, 2018
Shammy S
2 miles out, beautiful country 4mi
Apr 23, 2018
Jaclyn Rose
May 19, 2017
Libbey H
3.5mi
Apr 20, 2017
Tj Carney
Oct 1, 2014
Karl W