hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike that's close to the city, though it is rocky and steep like others have said.

The first mile roughly is very hot and exposed as it follows the creek. Lots of rock climbers along the way. Between mile one and two you cross 5 bridges back and forth over the creek, under shade. The last mile to the campground is very shady with a view of the valley at one point, and just past that is a view of the water cascading down the mountain side.

Extra tip: A little ways after the fifth bridge, there is one spot where the trail splits at a trail marker. It just had a number on it. If you take the left trail, that will take you to Squaw Peak. If you take the right, that trail takes you to Rock Canyon Campground (where there are bathrooms).

There are two running water fountains on the trail you can use to refill water bottles.

Hiking to the Y is more of a novelty than anything. Steep, dry, and lacking in natural beauty, I'd still consider it worth doing if you are looking for a workout or simply want to see that enormous white letter painted on a mountain up close. However, the real hike comes once you continue up through the field above the 'Y.' Curious rock formations, shady forests, and marvelous fields of wildflowers await you! The changes in environments throughout the hike are quite interesting, and the views at the top will make you wonder why you ever decided to turn back after reaching the letter.

Be very careful once you hit the meadows and flower fields - the trail becomes very narrow and there are massive patches of stinging nettle throughout. They can be easily avoided if you are cautious, however. Long pants might be worth wearing, despite the heat. Also bring plenty of water, more than you think you'll need.

Great hike! This hike has stellar views. In my opinion, it best done during the week to avoid the weekend crowds.

The hike to the Y is normally very busy, and the trail bakes in the afternoon sun since there is no shade. I recommend taking the trail past the Y and going to the top of Y Mountain. The high point on Y Mountain is actually on the east summit, and not the summit the overlooks Provo. Here's my trip report.

http://www.yourhikeguide.com/y-mountain/

Awesome hike! It is a little more vertical than I like, but not a bad hike. Well worth doing!

hiking
9 days ago

Worth the hike! Definitely gonna feel it tomorrow

hiking
9 days ago

I missed the turn and ended up at a campsite, but it was a really pretty hike. Not too steep.

hiking
9 days ago

A good morning hike to start the day- feels pretty quick, some nice, somewhat small and 2 beautiful meadows closer to the peak. Cooper's hawks, downy woodpeckers, mountain bluebirds, among other birds seen. Decently trafficked, though.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked up to the campground. Lots of water. It is a bit rocky in some places but has nice shaded areas and a good incline to keep your heart rate up. Only passed a couple people on the way up.

hiking
9 days ago

Good for some quick exercise.

hiking
9 days ago