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Squaw Mountain

Intermediate

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2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer out and back
80% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 570' 174 m
Descent: -569' -173 m
High: 11,465' 3,495 m
Low: 10,895' 3,321 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Rick Blair

A classic, easy-to-moderate road to an old fire tower above treeline, peak can be seen from Denver.

Rick Blair

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Beginning at the first major switchback, this run is a great route that combines easy to navigate (though strenuous) terrain with a manageable distance to create an excellent outing with big time rewards at the end.

Description

This route will lead you up a fire road, which starts near the Forest Service outdoor shooting range. Due to the proximity of the range, you'll likely hear shots fired at the beginning of this outing.

Follow the road up to the antennas and fire tower. Though you'll be navigating a road, this journey can still pack a punch. The grades are moderate and consistent from the parking area to the summit. There are amazing views of the Mt Evans area and the Indian peaks once you've reached the top.

For the second year (as of 2016) the Forest Service appears to be renting the fire tower for overnight stays, if you'd like to extend your stay.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are abundant at various times, and mushrooms can be found in the fall. This can be Nordic skied and snowshoed in the winter.

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Photos

Sunrise past the radio towers
Jun 10, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Picnic table behind the lookout tower. Mt. Evans on the horizon.
Jun 10, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Squaw Mountain summit offers a great view of Evans, with Chief Mountain to the west.
Feb 17, 2017 near Idaho S…, CO
Fire lookout from below
Jun 10, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Traveling up to Squaw Mountain can be beautiful at any time of the year.
Mar 30, 2017 near Idaho S…, CO

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