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Spanish Fork Peak Hike

Maple Canyon Lake on the hike to Spanish Fork Peak.

The hiking trail to Spanish Fork Peak begins in Whiting Campground in Mapleton, UT. The trail parallels a stream then passes a pond before arriving at the summit.

Trip Report: June 2004 and September 2003


Spanish Fork Peak from Whiting Campground at EveryTrail

I've hiked portions of this trail on several occasions. The trips were several years ago (circa 2003-2004), so they kind of get mixed together. Here's what I remember, so take it for what it's worth. We started at the parking lot at Whiting Campground. The trail went straight for a while then forked to the right. I'm pretty sure there was a stream crossing at this point. After a mile or two (or maybe three), the trail turned right again and followed a small stream. The stream has several small waterfalls. We had fun bushwacking down to the stream to take pictures (at this point, the trail was about 50 ft higher than the stream, and it was a pretty steep slope).

Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak

This was my favorite waterfall that we found. It's not very big, but I love the moss and plants.

Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak

On this particular trip, I think we only made it to the clearing where the trail leaves the river. The leaves were just starting to turn colors.

Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak
Hiking Spanish Fork Peak

On another trip, Anthony and I went together. We left around 2:00pm on a Saturday, probably late fall 2003. The trail kind of disappeared after it passed the pond, so we didn't really know where we were going. We made it to the top of the saddle, but we didn't know if we were supposed to go to the peak to the south or to the north (the south one is higher, but we didn't know that at the time). We watched the sun set, then it occurred to us that we didn't have flash lights and it was going to get dark soon. So we started running down the mountain. It was crazy and a lot of fun. We rock surfed down a scree/talus slope at full speed. Then we kept running all the way down the mountain. I remember that at one point we were running through a field of grass that was up to our armpits. We just held out our arms and kept running. Shortly after that I noticed that the sky was behaving funny. Our eyes had grown accustomed to the movement, and when we looked at the stationary sky, it appeared like the whole sky was collapsing in on us. Apparently this is a common motion aftereffect illusion. It was cool. Toward the end of our hike, it got quite dark. But that didn't slow us down. I mean, sure we couldn't see the trail in front of us, but no biggie, right? We couldn't tell if the dark patches were rocks or holes, but we figured either way it wasn't a good idea to step there. It took us 6 hours to climb up the mountain but only about an hour and a half to run down it. That was a fun hike.

On another occasion, I hiked to the top of Spanish Fork Peak with Mark Jensen. It was a Saturday again. Mark had something going that afternoon, so he was in a hurry to get to the top. I couldn't keep up with him. For about 90% of the hike, he was so far ahead of me that I couldn't see him. He waited at the pond for me, but as soon as I got there, he started hiking again. I met up with him again at the peak. There was a dude up there that brought his lamas. That was a little out-of-the-ordinary.

The following pictures are from June 2004:

Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike
Spanish Fork Peak hike