Stats: South Ridge, class 2. 2.5 miles and 2,200 feet one way.
Gear notes: 25lb pack.
Links: Squaw Butte on Summitpost.org.
I had first done Squaw Butte in May of 2009. It is a good local training hike, as well as a fun peak close to town. These are just a few pictures from the last time I hiked it in 2011 while training for Borah. I decided to add this peak in addition to Tom Lopez's Grand Slam Peaks.
The first time I did Squaw, I did the southeast rib route to try and get a feel for what class 3 rock meant. I learned it's sort of an arbitrary term. The SE rib is steep with some loose rock and it does require hands. It's iffy and not a great route option, in my honest opinion. This time I took the slightly longer south ridge.
|View back on the south ridge.|
It was a cold day with a stiff wind.
|Looking up the south ridge.|
The south ridge is scenic and recommended.
|View above the SE Rib.|
Squaw Butte has some surprising views thanks to its prominence above the valley floor.
The true summit is up near the radio towers. A lot of people drive up the west side, but where's the fun in that. In addition to this peak, I did the other Grand Slam Peaks, as well as Cervidae several times and lots of running to train for Borah.