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“A moderately steep mountain trail leading to the Box Elder north saddle and down the other side.”
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Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Take care through steep and loose sections as well as a brief boulder field near the top.
Start from a pullout on the west side of the road. Fits only 2-3 cars. Hike up trail trending on the north side of the valley going through intermittent trees. There are lots of chained ponds down in the valley great for wildlife.
Nearly half-way up the trail a seasonal alpine spring is encountered. I bring water purification so I can fill up here on the way up and back. As you continue on the trail gets a bit more worn out, take your time picking through the short, steep and loose sections. Near the saddle the trail crosses a boulder field then tops over the ridge to reach a beautiful field at the saddle. This is a crossroads for the dry creek trail, as well as the ridge to Box Elder and an Unnamed peak to the north.
This is a great spot to camp.