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Big Spring / Squaw Canyon LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
chumley
Hiking8.07 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking8.07 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   3.03 mph
750 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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After we had set up camp for night 2, I decided to knock off a few hours in the afternoon with a day hike. There was a direct trail from camp back to our original backpacking trailhead at Squaw Flat that was not on our itinerary, and it was only 3 miles long. I figured a 6 mile round trip would be an ideal hike.

The best part is that it would bring me to the truck where I could grab a few beers to enjoy at camp later on! :y:

After 9L made me carry 0.75 ounces of trash he didn't want to carry out himself [-( I headed north on the Squaw Canyon trail. This was a super-highway compared to other trails we had been on. It's entirely flat, and really a little boring by Cairnyonlands NP standards. Don't get me wrong. It would be a top--10 Sedona hike for creekside hiking and red rock scenery. But this isn't Sedona and we had been spoiled by two days of absolutely unbelievable views on every trail and in every direction. So if you're going to do a loop from Squaw Flat, I'd recommend any of the options that don't include Squaw Canyon. But that's just me!

Anywhoo, I made it to the truck in about 50 minutes, took advantage of the restroom at the trailhead, grabbed a few beverages, and decided that I had plenty of time to explore a different route back to camp. It would involve about a mile and a half of trail I had previously hiked as part of the backpacking loop and add about 2 miles to my planned out n back, but I had plenty of time to meet the time I had assured 9L I would be back by.

So... Big Spring Canyon ... yes! :) This one is a real gem, and absolutely worth it. I'm so glad I headed back via this route. The afternoon sunshine and poofy clouds provided great light, and views to the La Sals which were still getting hit with snow. The climb up to the pass between Big Spring and Squaw was a highlight, as all the passes/divides here seem to be. After dropping down into Squaw, I had to retrace a little bit less than a mile to get back to camp, where I was able to immediately crack open an ice cold beer! A fantastic afternoon hike with a tasty reward! :D
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