Squaw Lakes 4-14-21

We have often looked down on the Squaw Lakes from Squaw Peak or Little Grayback and wondered what they were like up close. Well, today, I got that up close experience.

Round trip driving distance is only 100 miles, but it takes about 1 1/2 hours each way because the last 10 miles after you leave the blacktop just past the Dagelma TH takes 1/2 hour on mostly single lane gravel. And, yes, the log truck was coming down as we were going up which made for an interesting passing operation.

From the "Designated Parking Area" at the Squaw Lakes Campground you head back the way you came in and take two sharp rights to get down to Squaw Lake. From there you can take the loop trail (actually an old road with no vehicles permitted) either CW or CCW around the lake. The lake is just under 50 acres in area and 110' deep at its deepest point. There are 11 quite nice campsites generously spaced out around the lake at 500' to 600' intervals together with at least 5 pit toilets.

Little Squaw Lake is about 1/3 of a mile to the SE and covers 20 acres and is 52' deep. The smaller lake feeds Squaw Lake via Squaw Creek. It is easily reached via a similar non-vehicle road, but it does not have any campsites.

I saw two campsites in use today and another 10-15 people walking the loop around Squaw Lake or fishing on the shore or in a canoe. Two women were sunning themselves in the middle of the lake on inflatable rafts.

The loop around the lake, with the optional side trip over to Little Squaw Lake, is mostly level and a pleasant 3.6 miles.

Track download: Squaw Lakes 4-14-21.gpx

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