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Squaw Canyon Trail

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


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4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

95%

Runnable

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°)

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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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Amazing sandy dirt singletrack.
Feb 28, 2021 near Monticello, UT
Great soft dirt section - this makes up about 70% of loop.
Feb 28, 2021 near Monticello, UT
Squaw Canyon 1 - Needles Campground.
May 16, 2017 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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