8.5 mi. (4.2 mi. to summit). 8 hrs. Hiked to squaw peak from rock canyon park. Then hiked around trying to find a way to get up to squaw peak parking lot (pretty far away- another mountain, pretty much). Wasn't able to do it so went straight down once it started to get dark. Search and rescue (the sheriff) was little help even after I sent him my gps coordinates. Just slowed us down.
While on the hike saw deer. Saw a cabbage type veggy that I chewed and then spit out. mouth started to go a little numb. i got a sore throat the next day. it was weirder than a sore throat, though. anything cold (e.g. water or cold cereal) hurt very bad to swallow. then once my throat got somewhat used to it (or the coolness numbed my throat) it didn't hurt as bad. kind of scary. good thing i didn't swallow it! it was tasty, tho'.
Climbed down a cool cave. Looked up the west blue flax flower from my guide book. Saw strange networks of branches/mole holes that turned out to be just dirt! Heard a deep sound comparable to wings flapping underground! Have NO idea what it could be!!!!!! Seriously LOUD AND BASSY! WTF? At top of squaw peak was amazed at our 360 mountain view (not mountain dew). Scary. So scary. Why have we evolved to tremble from the fear of a possible vertical collision (heights) but not from fear of horizontal collisions of the same speed and impact force (driving past other cars going in opposite directions). Duh. Figure it out yet? :)
Hard but rewarding day with my brother. Legs are like jello now. Don't know how I'll be moving couches tomorrow (i'm moving from an apt to a house). I predict I'll be bed-ridden but will have to get moving anyways.
Do not follow the second half of this hike. We only followed a trail from Rock Canyon Park to the summit, from the summit down was "off the beaten path."
TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-15 S to Provo (Center St. exit). Head E on Center St.; in 2 mi., turn L onto 900 E. Go 1.8 mi. and turn R onto Temple View Dr. In .5 mi., turn R onto E 2300 N; follow .4 mi. to parking lot.
From Rock Canyon parking lot, head E on double-wide trail lined with grass and scrub oak
Tips/Directions thanks to Spencer Green.