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As of 31 Aug 2018 the trail was closed due to a bear. On 9 Sep 2018 the closed sign was still there.

We love this trail. I hiked it with my dog 1 Sep 2018. We saw a sign that said not to picnic or camp up the canyon due to a bear sighting. When we got back, we saw the other sign that said the trail was closed due to the bear. Oops.

To get to the left fork of Maple Canyon, you start at the trail head at the top of Whiting Campground. It could be the bear has only been on Maple Canyon Right Fork which takes you to the top of Spanish Fork Peak, if it was on Right Fork, it's probably a risk on Left Fork too.
(see Spanish Fork Peak page where Sarah Judd's review indicated the trail was closed and a couple months prior to that Devin Christensen says he came across a bear and two cubs https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/spanish-fork-peak-via-maple-canyon)

This is a beautiful canyon, but I'm bringing my bear spray from now on even when they give us the all clear. With the stream, and thick forest, it seems like a perfect habitat for bear to this non-expert. I know others have seen moose on this trail too. Moose may be even more dangerous than bear from what I've heard.

Trail is closed (8/31/18) due to a Bear in the area

Very nice trail, the creek runs beside the trail for quite awhile. There is alot of shade and isn't very challenging just a gradual uphill climb to the top of the canyon. I enjoyed this hike very much.

Nothing spectacular when you reach the top. Moderately shaded, but still pretty hot in a late July afternoon. Would be good early morning, Some good hills, and a great trail run, even still there are other trails that have something better than a campground to hike to.

Did this as a night hike, on a moonless night. If you can do this at night I highly recommend it. This was easily one of my favorite trails, this close to town. We left at roughly 1:30 am. Got to the top around 4:30-5:00. Watched the sun come up and got some great pics. I went with a friend and recommend you don't do this one alone if possible.

The trail is very steep in spots and has a lot of rocks in it, but it's not so bad.

On the way down we got to see all of the scenery. It's absolutely beautiful. We also saw a lot of deer, an elk, and tons of cows. At night our headlamps lit up the eyes of the cows, it was quite unnerving to just see their eyes.

There are bears in this area so bring some Bear Spray.

Bottom line it was one of my favorite hikes, so far, this summer.

Beautiful, short but lots of green and water. Perfect for dogs!

3 months ago

It was a wonderful hike along a small stream with plenty of shade.

Love this hike, but got quite the scare today when I came across a bear and two cubs on trail. Be safe! https://wildlife.utah.gov/learn-more/bear-safety.html

Not as hard as expected, I hiked it at night and made it to the peak about two hours before sunrise. And what a view! It took me 3 hours to him up and 2 hours to hike down. I would definitely recommend it.

Hiked this with my dog today and it was incredible! Got to the top in a little less than 4 hours and down in 2. We are quick hikers but just want to give some reference. When you get to the top saddle go left and you’ll almost walk all the way around the peak then go up. Enjoy!

mountain biking
3 months ago

We did this trail with our mountain bikes. Biking it I give it 4 STARS for the quality. But overall it’s three stars because it’s really short and quick for biking. 45 minutes there and back.

Hiking it, is nice, there is one steep hill to climb and that’s it. But nothing satisfying once you reach the top as it’s just a campground.
Do recommend for horseback or biking if you need something quick yet moderate exercise for your legs.

This is one of my favorite hikes. I hike it every spring and fall. Every time I’ve hiked it I’ve seen something new. Moose, wildflowers, elk. All the other reviews are spot on. Every time I hike it I’m reminded that you earn every mile!

From out of town. Definitely not as spectacular as Millcreek for trail running but it was very pleasant and I had a good time.
Lots of equestrian and mountain biking going on. Everyone was thoughtful and respectful of yielding procedures.

Snow is nearly all gone (opposed to the post from 3 weeks ago). Hike was great! There is some ‘ice’ but mostly snow past the ‘lake’ (pond? Large puddle?), but only for a short stretch. I did the hike in tennis shoes and got to the top just fine. Though if you know anything about this hike, the full trip is almost constant uphill, not for the faint of heart. With the little snow that’s left past the pond, we did get to slide down the snow for a quick descent, opposed to the occasional slippage on the way up at that point.
With a half hour spent at the top, and another 0.5-1 hour nap at the pond, it took us almost 8 hrs exactly to get to the top and back, and we weren’t going a slow pace on the way up. It was around 4 hrs to get to the top (including my first longer nap I took at the pond), but we took our time at the top and had a normal distracted person pace (absorbing the environment) on our way down.

beautiful shaded hike, i would rate this one as easy, but it was a good length, and the little stream alongside the trail is nice.

A beautiful forested trail. Not very difficult, but sometimes narrow. Follows a stream and has benches periodically. Didn’t go the whole distance just due to time, but will be back for some trail running. No litter. :) Let’s keep it that way.

Made it to the lake. You need snow shoes. Over 4 feet in some places. The lake is not frozen, but it is all slush. tons of snow up there. snow starts at 7000 ft. happy hiking!

Went up to maple lake and camped the night there. The snow up there is untouched and we were probly the first people since November to be up that high. Beautiful this time of year. Had to start from the mouth of maple canyon though and the one way journey took us about 7 hours. 12+ inches of powder once you get above 6,000 ft

I tried this trail a couple of days ago right after a fresh snowfall. Maple Canyon was closed at the mouth so I had to hike up to the trailhead at Whiting Campground adding a few extra miles. I made it about halfway to the peak and hit my turnaround time. It was slow going blazing a trail in the untouched snow, but was a lot of fun. I want to try it again when I can move a little faster.

off road driving
9 months ago

This trail is Not for large vehicles, you must pass threw a 40 inch gate to use it. Lots of wild life, bear included.

I may be biased because it overlooks my hometown and childhood, but what a great hike! The last assent to the peak is probably the hardest part, but the view well worth it!

it's a really hard hike. I have done it twice. steep grade to the lake/puddle then really steep to the peek. in late evening I ran in to moose on my way down. great views.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

This is a hard hike in my opinion. It really is up hill pretty much the entire way, and the further up you go, the more rocky and unmarked the trail becomes. There are times that I have wondered if I was still on the right path. Not a trail I would take my kids on until they were a little older and had some good practice to build endurance.

The views are great once you hit the lake (or puddle, depending on the year and season). I've never gone all the way to the peak marker, I just stop at the lake. Next time I'll go all the way.

Despite the difficulty, I've done this trail several times and I'm always glad I did.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

This hike is uphill the entire time with few exceptions. After mapping it out in detail it is 5.3 miles to the top, however, its a tedious 5.3 miles. Harder than timp in my opinion. Very pretty though all the way up and you go through forests, lakes and wildflower meadows.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Consistently steep and rocky the whole way, but was well worth the effort. Beautiful views of the Valley, Spanish Fork canyon, Diamond Fork, etc.
The wildflowers were literally EVERYWHERE. Very nice to look at, but when I say everywhere I mean even spilling into the trail. In many parts we had to walk through foliage as tall as me (I'm 6 feet tall) that would almost completely cover the trail.
We camped at the lake on a flat, grassy spot (the only good place we could find to pitch a tent).
It does get a bit confusing after the lake. A large tree had fallen over the trail which has led a lot of hikers to form their own trail leading only to a snow field (very small when we were there). When you come back down you can see where the trail should be.
I would rate this as harder than Timp even though it is shorter, but still well worth the effort.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Like everyone else has said, it's steep and rocky the whole way. It's also very overgrown at parts. The views and wildflowers are AMAZING and make it totally worth it. I hiked it today (July 20) and there was no snow.
As a side note, I think the trail may be slightly longer than advertised. Two separate distance trackers got it closer to 12 miles than 10.7. Could be wrong though.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I did this trail a week ago. We started at 2:20am and went at a decent speed with a fairly athletic group and got to the saddle a little before 6a. From there I caught the sunrise and the other half of the group found a way around the snow to the summit. The last climb to the saddle was pretty scketchy with the snow, but otherwise a great hike. Pretty steep and consistently rocky the whole way. Views and wildflowers made it worth it!

the hubby said let's go for a hike. I figured since him and the boys did it on mother's day I should be ok... lol!! I'm a little more out of shape then I thought. we made it just over 3 miles up but it was getting late because we started later in the day. beautiful!! going up and up and up I was ok, just needed to stop now and then. going back down is when my knee finally said enough! recommend some kinda pole or hiking stick! also when the hubby and kids went up they did see a bear. so please be safe. take water and goodies to keep your energy up. (only 4 stars because the wrong name on here, we call it Maple mountain) 6-24-17

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wonderful trail! All the other reviews are spot on: it's steep, relentless up, it 's beautiful, sharp rocks, poles highly recommended (and for me, close to home). Being mostly on the east side of the mountain it is cooler but gets darker sooner. I have not actually been to the top, rather I use it as my training trail. With a full pack I start out at the top of the campground and go as high as I can in 2 hours, then turn around and come back down. Last year I made it about 1/4 mile from the 'pond'. I also think the sharp rocks helped wear out my hikers so fast after about 12 trips. After that kind of training, I'm ready for my week long trips in the Uintas - that's how good it is. Believe it or not, while heading up once, I actually met some mountain bikers coming down!
This year I plan to take a day pack and go clear to the top - after I'm in shape again.
If you see a solo hiker with a pack going up or down that trail, it's probably me - so say hi.

It was sooo fun we went up on the 4th of July and got to see fireworks at the top!

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