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    Squaw Mountain Hike

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    6.6 km
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    263 m
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    The Squaw Mountain Hike is an awesome and accessible hike up to the summit of a Colorado Mountain. Adventure up the well-marked path to an old fire tower that has been converted into a rental property! Enjoy the panoramic views from the overlook and take yourself back in time to when this tower was an essential structure to safeguard the surrounding wilderness.

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    Route Description for Squaw Mountain Hike

    Outdoor adventurers and historic buffs alike will enjoy the hike up Squaw Mountain. Follow the easy terrain up to the historic fire lookout that protected the forested valleys below from destruction. This path is gradual and follows along a wide marked road, so it is manageable for all-skill level and families alike. Note that there is a shooting range approximately halfway up the trail, so do not be surprised if you hear the odd shot. If you want to avoid the noise, consider hiking in the early morning or in the evening. If you wish to extend your adventure up Squaw Mountain, consider renting out the converted tower and bask in the 360-degree views all weekend long. Note you will have visitors hiking around the cabin in the daytime.

    Embark on your adventure up the Squaw Mountain Trail from the carpark off CO-103. From the parking lot, track the Fire Tower Trail northeast. The path follows along an old dirt road, so it is easy to navigate. Continue along the route lined with pine trees as it curves southeast. As you hike along the trail you will see Papoose Mountain in the south. Hike this path as it guides you through the towering trees and up the ridge of Squaw Mountain. Navigate a few switchbacks to summit the peak.

    Explore the fire tower and the summit’s ridge. Enjoy the expansive views of the forests below and the Rocky Mountains that line the horizon. On a clear day you might even be able to see Mount Evans in the southwest. Bask in the impressive vistas before beginning your descent. Simply backtrack and retrace your steps all the way back to the parking lot.

    Getting to the Squaw Mountain Hike Trailhead

    The Squaw Mountain Hike is off of highway CO-103.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Yes, dispersed camping permitted, see rules and regulations.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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