Big Spring Canyon/Squaw Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 610' 186 m
Descent: -609' -186 m
High: 5,557' 1,694 m
Low: 5,099' 1,554 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Great example of Needles landscape and desert rock formations that includes traveling on rock faces.”— Joy Memmen
Visitors will start out heading counter clockwise, on the Big Spring Canyon Trail. The way will be mostly smooth going at first, with moderate elevation gain. As the route progresses to the 3-3.5 mile mark, some areas will be quite steep and may make people who fear heights nervous. Luckily these portions are not overly technical.
From the turning point, there are gorgeous views of the Big Spring Canyon and Squaw Canyon, including many unique and visually appealing desert features.
At the intersection with the Squaw Canyon Trail, take a left turn (north) to begin the return journey. Like the Big Spring Canyon Trail, the most technical and exposed portions of the hike will occur near the junction. After about mile 4.5, the travel will mellow, and a gentle descent will return visitors to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Canyonlands