hike squaw mountain

leaving wooly mammoth @ 9 and trailhead @ 10!

easy hike up forest road(dfo's type of hike) 3-4 mi.rt. objective: to investigate remodeled fire tower for future hikes/snowshoe(available for rental). more details to come. scarlet researching easier trailhead, vs. hiking back from chief mnt. trailhead. got questions? google squaw mnt., colo.


Squaw Mountain Lookout/Cabin

Area Status: OpenThis area is Open

 

Fire lookout building.

Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin Rental

The Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout is now open! 

The Squaw Mountain Lookout is located directly off of Colorado Highway 103 west of Bergen Park and sits at the summit of Squaw Mountain, which is an active communication tower site in Clear Creek County.  In addition to being an active communication site, the Squaw Mountain area is a popular dispersed recreation use area with hiking, recreational target shooting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and camping. 

The lookout is a unique structure constructed of native granite which is situated at over 11,000 feet elevation and was built in the 1940’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The cab measures 14 feet by 14 feet and is completely lined by windows on each side and surrounded by a catwalk, all of which sit on top of a one story stone base.

Access to the site during the summer months is from Colorado Highway 103 via Forest Road 192.1 to a small parking area at the end of the road.  The parking area of the lookout is accessible by car, although the access road is rocky, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the drive. Please park in the designated "Lookout Parking" area and do not block access to the gate. From the parking area a mile hike up a steep dirt road is necessary to reach the lookout.  During the winter months access is from a small parking area along Highway 103 at the junction Forest Road 192.1 and travel 2 miles to the lookout.  Due to the remote location of the site and difficult access there is no water available at the lookout, nor garbage service, therefore guests are asked to pack-it-in and pack-it-out. 

The lookout is available for rent year round.  Visitors should be prepared for high altitude conditions.  Summertime temperatures average 70 degrees but can drop as low as 30 degrees at night or during the frequent summer afternoon thunderstorms.  High winds frequently occur.  Winter storms can limit access to the site and visitors should be prepared to snowshoe or cross-country ski 2-3 miles to the lookout.  There will be no refunds for weather conditions.  

The lookout includes an electric stove, refrigerator, and heat; beds; table and chairs; dishes; and toilet, and can accommodate four people per night. Besides offering the unique experience of living in a fire lookout, Squaw Mountain will give renters panoramic views of Denver, Mount Evans and other snow-capped peaks.

For more information, questions or to comment on this recreation rental opportunity, please write Recreation Fee Program, Clear Creek Ranger District, P.O. Box 3307, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 or contact Nicole Malandri at (303)[masked],[masked].  



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  • Christine C.

    Thanks Dave for leading this hike and sacrificing two elevation virgins! It was a perfect one to figure out my physical level. The views were beautiful! Eager for the next one...

    August 17, 2013

    • Scarlet S.

      Christine did you put your comments on the pics? Put them if not, I will upload a pic of Squaw Mountain from Chief Mountain

      August 18, 2013

    • Christine C.

      I haven't put comments on all of them. Will do now...

      August 18, 2013

  • dave

    2 less peak 'virgins' & no one got hurt!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Tricia B.

    Great morning for a nice hike. . . beautiful view from the
    top. Thanks Dave for leading the hike!

    August 17, 2013

  • carol

    spectacular views

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Petia, Ken, and Dave for this hike to Squaw Pass! Thank you for your care & vested time!

    August 17, 2013

  • Scarlet S.

    Awesome, the view was spectacular. Thank you Dave!!

    August 17, 2013

  • Valerie

    adding on late - see you at wooly mammoth

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry .... Life got complicated

    August 17, 2013

  • Kris N.

    Not feeling well - hope you enjoy the hike.

    August 16, 2013

  • Judy A.

    Didn't realize the elevation... I will have to think....

    August 16, 2013

  • Maria

    busy that day, darn sounds like fun.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could anyone carpool from Aurora or downtown Denver?

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it OK to bring my dog on this ?

    August 6, 2013

    • dave

      absolutely!!

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Scarlet S.

      Dave did you research the road to Squaw Mountain?

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to bail & will miss you folks (bad right foot).

    August 13, 2013

  • Darlene

    Are you meeting at the trailhead at 9am once its defined:+)

    August 11, 2013

  • Teresa

    trying to keep in shape for ski pants season!

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks. Those new to Wooly Mammoth should note that the Lat./Long. above will point you to the North end of Wooly Mammoth. For some reason the 'edit map' bit and the email that MeetUp sends has the pin in the wrong place. The pin is about 4-miles too far south. Other groups I'm in have had this problem also. It's a MeetUp issue, not a Fearless Leaders Issue.

    August 7, 2013

  • Ramona

    I am not going to be able to make it.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though this is an "easy" hike, the elevation is over 11,000 ft and that could make it difficult for some.

    August 7, 2013

  • Vlado

    A definite Maybe - and looking fwd. to joining a pleasant company starting with a carpool

    August 6, 2013

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