East Face of Squaretop, from Granite Lake
Glimpses of Squaretop can be seen towards the end of the long drive to the Green River Lakes trailhead. The mountain's commanding prescence makes it appear much closer than its 8 mile distance from the start of the Highline trail. It becomes even more apparent how massive the mountain is while hiking the Green around its base.
Squaretop Mountain has a largely obscure history of ascents, despite being climbed by the likes of Beckey, Kor, the Lowes, and others. Squaretop's most impressive walls for technical climbing are located on the east, north and west faces. To the southeast Squaretop can be ascended/descended above Granite lake via 2nd class slopes.
Note: If you've climbed Squaretop, have any corrections or related info feel free to contribute. Also see Joe Kelsey's book Climbing & Hiking in the Wind River Mountains for more details.
To reach the south and east sides of Squaretop follow the Highline Trail from the Green River trailhead 11 miles to Beaver Park, and than up steep slopes to Granite Lake. To access the north and west faces, I have read that it requires crossing over to the west side of Green River further down near the Upper Green Lake. See the Squaretop 7.5 minute topo for help on this.
Weather station 12.5 miles from here
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AC/DC 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a WY
: Wind River Range
: ... : Squaretop Mountain
From Granite Lake, scramble and climb to the large grassy ledge at the base of the upper wall. Getting to this ledge is harder than it looks. The first ascent party roped up for some of this approach. The route climbs cracks and chimneys on the east side of the wall for several pitches, then crosses left across the middle of the wall to attain the base of the big corner on the left side of the face. Follow this corner to the top in a long pitch and traverse more or less horizontally right...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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North Face of Squaretop, from above upper Green Ri...
By Dennis Horning
Feb 28, 2014
Taken from above: ...Joe Kelsey's book Climbing & Hiking in the Wind River Mountains for more details.
More details?? Getting him to publish such worthwhile stuff would be like talking to a wall.
That book is a perfunctory list of routes.