Course Info - Squaw Peak

March 7th, 2020

Squaw Peak Course

Running Up for Air (aka RUFA) Squaw Peak is a 6-hour or 12-hour winter endurance challenge that takes place on Squaw Peak on the east side of Provo. Each “lap” starts and finishes at the Rock Canyon Trailhead 2620 North 1450 East, Provo, UT. Parking is available at the trailhead but we encourage participants to carpool.

The race begins at the pavilion by the Rock Canyon parking lot and climbs up Rock Canyon 1.7 miles then forks left for 2 more miles to the Squaw Peak summit. A small aid station and check in awaits on top. Follow your footsteps (likely in snow) back down to the base area. Each lap is 7.5 miles long, with ~2,800’ of elevation gain. Repeat this route as many times as possible. The time of year (March) is intentional as it coincides with the latter part of the winter inversion “season.”


***Given the time of year the route is very likely to be either muddy, icy, entirely snow-covered, or a combination of these conditions. As a result, traction devices (such as MICROspikes) will be required and staying on-trail at all times will be mandatory.***

RUFA Squaw Peak topo map

Aid Stations

At the start/finish area there will be a heated and fully-stocked aid station. There will be an area to leave a drop bag with extra layers. Please bring a reusable cup/mug/plate/bowl to help us reduce our trash waste! There will be a very small aid station atop Squaw Peak to provide relief for participants.

Base Area Aid Station Fare:
• Water
• Electrolyte drink
• Gels
• Pretzels
• Gummy Bears
• M&M’s
• Trail Mix
• Chips
• Oreos
• Coke/Sprite
• Broth/soup
• Quesadillas
• Other solid food rotated throughout the day

RUFA Squaw Peak is a cupless event! Please plan on bringing a bottle, cup, and/or mug for use at the base area (we’ll have coffee, cocoa, broth, soup, water, etc.).

Location & Parking

We strongly encourage all participants and volunteers to carpool, walk, or bike to the event! There will be ample parking at the Rock Canyon trailhead for all volunteers and participants.