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Squaretop Mountain

 4.2 (9)

Length


7.3 Miles 11.8 Kilometers


2,382' 726 m

Ascent

-2,382' -726 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

13,763' 4,195 m

High

11,584' 3,531 m

Low

Shared By aaron moore

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All Clear 24 days ago
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While everybody goes to climb Bierstadt, go across the road and climb Squaretop Mountain

aaron moore

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The great thing about this mountain is that while the masses are climbing Bierstadt, you get to enjoy some solitude and views on Squaretop. Even if you don't go to the top, just hiking in the mountains is just so nice.
In winter, the trucks only plow to a certain low point on Guanella Pass.

Need to Know

I am assuming you can start this trail from the lower portion of the South Park Trail, however, I have never done that section, and would greatly appreciate anyone who has, to contribute for that lower portion.

Description

From the west side of Guanella Pass, start your journey towards Squaretop Lakes on the South Park Trail. It is ~2 miles to the lakes at the base of Squaretop Mountain and the lakes themselves. When I went, the trail was clearly defined through the willows, however, I have read different trip reports of people having some trouble finding their way depending on the time of year.

Once at the lakes, make your way up the east facing grassy slopes of Squaretop, here labeled as the Squaretop Mountain Scramble. I didn't see a real trail; I just followed the path of least resistance to the large, broad summit of Squaretop. This is not to say there is not a trail, I just didn't see one as I was ascending or descending.

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Jun 24, 2018
Benny Disco
Good family hike to the lakes. Weather turned quickly to rain after a sunny couple of hours. Keep an eye on the clouds as they move in. 4mi — 3h 30m
Jun 23, 2018
Chelsea Taylor
7.3mi — 6h 00m
Jun 20, 2018
Toria V
Faint trail from lakes to summit; lots of dogs, mostly off leash — 4h 15m
Jun 3, 2018
Debby R
Hiked to just below second lake. Pretty easy hike. Pretty views but not repeatable. 5mi
Sep 3, 2017
Neal Harkner
Sep 2, 2017
John Daniels
7.6mi
Jul 16, 2017
Jason David
7.3mi
Jul 16, 2017
Ryan Overton

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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