Lost Canyon - Squaw Canyon Loop

Monticello, Utah

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Although they are scarcely a mile apart Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon are very different in character. Squaw Canyon is dry and generally uninteresting, while Lost Canyon is deeper and has a surprising amount of water and vegetation. Because of its water, Lost Canyon was well known to the cowboys who lived and worked in the Needles District during the first half of the last century. Even when other sources of water had given way to the dry summer heat, their animals could always depend on finding a pool or two of the life-sustaining liquid in the green recesses of Lost Canyon. The route described here takes advantage of the Peekaboo Trail, which cuts across the lower parts of both canyons, to form an interesting loop hike. The path also passes within a mile of an old cowboy camp that was once used by local cattle ranchers. There is no trail leading to the cowboy camp, but it isn?t too difficult to find. If you wish to include it in your hike it will add about an hour to the time specified above. Trail: Easy, well marked trail. There is usually water in some sections of Lost Canyon, but Squaw Canyon is generally dry.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Although they are scarcely a mile apart Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon are very different in character. Squaw Canyon is dry and generally uninteresting, while Lost Canyon is deeper and has a surprising amount of water and vegetation. Because of its water, Lost Canyon was well known to the cowboys who lived and worked in the Needles District during the first half of the last century. Even when other sources of water had given way to the dry summer heat, their animals could always depend on finding a pool or two of the life-sustaining liquid in the green recesses of Lost Canyon.

The route described here takes advantage of the Peekaboo Trail, which cuts across the lower parts of both canyons, to form an interesting loop hike. The path also passes within a mile of an old cowboy camp that was once used by local cattle ranchers. There is no trail leading to the cowboy camp, but it isn?t too difficult to find. If you wish to include it in your hike it will add about an hour to the time specified above. Trail: Easy, well marked trail. There is usually water in some sections of Lost Canyon, but Squaw Canyon is generally dry.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 360 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,120 feet
Top Elevation: 5,460 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Druid Arch, The Loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Canyon - Squaw Canyon Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

5/4/2009
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Second trip into Canyonlands in 2009. Loved this loop hike better than Druid Arch...longer views and vistas and cooler in the canyon.



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