Upper Pole Couloir Trail to Cascade Mountain Summit

HARD 9 reviews

Upper Pole Couloir Trail to Cascade Mountain Summit is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles
3,339 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




wild flowers


over grown



14 days ago

Yeah it’s one of the seven peaks but it’s really not worth the trouble. The trail isn’t marked so it’s mostly just guess work all the way up and down. Trail is less than 4 mi round trip but expect to spend 5+ hours on the mountain. Bring sunscreen otherwise you’ll be pulling human jerky off yourself all week.

17 days ago

I wouldn't call this a real trail. The first part looks like an old overgrown game trail which leads you to a steep chute with a lot of loose rocks. Going up the chute is difficult and just keeps getting steeper the higher you get. I would recommend cutting to the left to the ridge at the part of the trail when it tells you to keep going right and around, it is a lot easier and quicker. I would not recommend going down this trail though it may be one of the easiest ways off of the peak. We met some people at the top who recommended climbing the west cliffs instead of taking this trail.

3 months ago

Quick ascent. Grade not recommended for beginners. Snow was mushy up top at the last 1500 feet of elevation. We had cramp-ons and ice axes. Would recommend flotation as once the sun came out we were post-holing every other step or so. Cornices at the top of the saddle out to the summit, so we elected to turn back after reaching the saddle. Fun hike. VERY STEEP GRADE!

11 months ago

Trail sucks! just called life flight to get my friend down not worth it!!!! Luckily the bastard manned it out like a boss with pneumonia and altitude sickness made it to the bottom and damn near gave up the ghost!!!

11 months ago

It has beautiful scenery, but it's really steep and the trail is covered in bushes to the base of the canyon. Steep rocks up the whole canyon and sliding down on my butt was the fastest and safest way to get down.

11 months ago

Stellar route in the summer for a fast ascent and good vert and incredible skiing in the winter. Fastest route to the summit of Cascade Mountain. Also this needs a correction to "Upper Pole Couloir."

Stick to the left branch of the couloir. If you hit the small lip there is a better exit to the left a few hundred feet down. Otherwise scramble over the lip or up the rocky ridge on the right.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Route to Upper Pole not accessible this way, the wash is too overgrown with plants and bushes to make it to the Couloir

Friday, August 04, 2017

Very steep, dangerous ascent. Trail is not defined. Not recommended.

1 month ago