Great picturesque place to: hike, snowshoe, ice cleat, family picnic, summer kid creek play, horseback riding, mountain biking and atv riding.
Drive: I-15 south, 400 S Springville exit heading east, rt Canyon rd, rt 1100 E changing to North Main St, left 400 N to canyon. Map to Trailhead.
Hike/Snowshoe Mapleton Canyon to Whiting Campground - 2.4 mile round trip
Gear: Snowshoes/poles (weather dependent), gaiters (optional - can rent),
yak tracks or ice cleats (weather dependent). (NO COTTON)
thermal top and bottom, wool socks or just not cotton socks, snow pants, long sleeve
fleece, light waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camelback or
regular back pack (with space remaining to shove clothes in when you get too warm), 1
Liters water, 3-4 snacks, WATERPROOF boots or non-waterproof boots/shoes and also
Rentals - Snowshoes: $10 (UVU- includes poles and overboots or $8 only
snowshoes); $10 (BYU Outdoors Unltd); $10 (Out N’ Back in
Overshoes: $4 (UVU Outdoor Adventure); $5 (BYU Outdoors Unltd)
Poles: $4 (Out N Back); $5 (BYU Outdoors Unltd)
Gaiters (cover ankles from getting snow): $3 (BYU Outdoors Unltd)
Sample Itinerary: 2.4 miles total
9 am - Hike up
11 am - Back to parking lot
400 N towards Mapleton Canyon is gated closed Labor Day - Memorial Day. In front of gate is the parking lot. Hike up 1/4 mile up paved road and when the hill level off to the right you will see the Left Fork Maple Canyon Trailhead. Ditch the road and use the more scenic trail through Maple trees that leads to Whiting Campground. We hiked to the right of the camp and up past it to a wood bridge over the creek. Can head back at this point by taking a loop on the left or north of camp that leads you back to the main trail or can continue up into the canyon. After the leaving the campground you quickly come up on a fork in the road.
RIght fork (good for hiking, horseback riding & mountain biking), you get to cross a log bridge that leads 5 miles to Spanish Fork Peak. Picturesque, moderate hike. Can be steep and hot for kids in heat of summer but good for anyone else and other seasons for sure! Left fork Maple canyon continues .25 miles completing Whiting Campground and then 4 more miles on trail 016 (good for ATVs, mountain biking, horseback riding & hiking).