Trail

Buffalo Peak Trailhead

Provo Canyon, UT
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Who doesn’t want to summit a peak with spectacular views and be home in under 3 hours? Buffalo Peak(8,029 feet) which is located just east of Squaw Peak is also suitable for young children who will get the thrill out of climbing a “real” mountain just a half mile from the trailhead!

To access this trailhead, drive up Provo Canyon for 1.8 miles to the Squaw Peak Turnoff on your right. Continue up this winding paved road for 4.0 miles until you come to a “T.” Turn left toward Hope Campground as the paved road will now become a dirt road. Continue on for 2.9 miles after the “T” until you see a large fenced meadow, longer than a football field, off to your right. This is a popular spot for photographers and is most beautiful in the early morning or evening, when the lighting is perfect. Off to your left you will see a dirt parking lot where you can park. Walk up the road a few hundred feet to where you will see a “Protect Your Wildland Playground” sign on the left side of the road. The trail will be immediately to your right which begins at the gap in the wooden fence.

As you begin your hike, Buffalo Peak will be half a mile directly in front of you with a beautiful meadow to your right with Mt. Timpanogos as a backdrop. The trail gradually leads uphill to a junction. Stay straight (on the left fork) and continue toward the peak.

Before you head up the summit, you see a lookout point on your left with amazing views of Rock Canyon, Squaw Peak, and the surrounding mountains — a great place for pictures.

From here the trail is a bit rocky and steep, but even small children will enjoy the short scramble to the top. The summit has no exposure and is very safe for children. Go to the west side for a great view of Utah Valley.

 

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Viewpoint and Wildlife Viewing

There are two points of the trail with campfire pits from previous hikers. Our kids love stopping for a snack and playtime at these two locations. One is at the very beginning of the trail and the other is just before the peak.

Trail Contributor

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I’m Joey Johnson Branch Ambassador for Utah County. I’m happily married to Jory for 21 years and Proud Mama of two, Jack who would’ve been 12 and our rainbow baby, Jiraiya Dragon who is nearly 5. We’re from Utah but have lived in Arizona for 10 years and then New Zealand before returning to our roots when Jiraiya shocked us with his arrival.

We started hiking with Hike it Baby in May 2015 when I struggled to find a playgroup that we fit in. Within two months I became a BA for SLC but after all the driving back and forth from Provo I decided it was time to create HIB Utah County. The first 6 months was mostly just me and a friend but then they started joining us! Now we have an amazing group of regulars and we continue to get new faces all the time! I’m currently hosting twice weekly “Hike and Play Nature School”, my version or Forest Preschool but leans more towards unschooling, as it simply consists of Hiking and Free Play while parents try to stay as hands off as possible.

As my son ages out of HIB, I’m hoping to guide our branch back to it’s roots with getting Mamas and Babies out while offering hikes for families with school aged kids as well.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.