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This trail leads nearly six miles from Squaw Canyon Loop A Trailhead to Elephant Canyon. En route is Peekaboo Trail, Lost Canyon Trail and Big Spring Canyon Trail, all of which can be used for loop hikes.

This route leads southward from Squaw Flat Loop A Trailhead through Squaw Canyon. It is a relatively easy hike through a winding canyon. There are three trail junctions along this route one with Peekaboo Trail, Lost Canyon Trail and Big Spring Canyon Trail. The track ascends slightly as it nears Big Spring Canyon and is somewhat exposed in some sections.

The trail begins at approximately 5,130 feet and splits a short distance from the trailhead. Follow the left side of this split as it leads southeastward. Approximately one mile from this junction the trail meets the Squaw Canyon drainage. Also at this point Peekaboo Trail leads to the east (left). From this junction Squaw Canyon Trail begins to follow the drainage into the canyon. Within a half mile of Peekaboo Trail is the primitive campsite known as SQ1. This site lies on the western side of the drainage.

From the campsite the trail continues to wind through the canyon for one mile to another junction. At this point the Lost Canyon Trail leads eastward (left). This trail can be used in conjunction with the Peekaboo and Squaw Canyon Trail to form a seven and a half mile loop.

From the Lost Canyon Trail bear right and begin ascending slowly toward Big Spring Canyon. During the next mile the trail ascends along a ridge climbing 400 feet. At the end of this climb is the junction with Big Spring Canyon Trail. The elevation at this junction is 5,600 feet. From this point the track continues in a southwestward direction around a high point and above the Squaw Canyon drainage.

A half mile from Big Spring Canyon the track turns northward to skirt the southernmost point of a ridge. From this point the route descends slowly into Elephant Canyon. It ends, two miles west of Big Spring Canyon, at the Elephant Canyon Trail.

Directions: From Needles Visitor Center, Drive westward along the main park road. Turn left toward the campground and then left again immediately east of the campground to reach Squaw Flat Loop A Trailhead.

Elevation: 5,180 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,250 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Easy

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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