Boulder Mail Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,301' 701 m
Descent: -3,265' -995 m
High: 6,794' 2,071 m
Low: 5,690' 1,734 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)
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“An isolated trail leading through an imposing landscape of slickrock through the heart of the Escalante Canyons.”— Nick Wilder
At around 4 miles, you'll come across the telegraph wire that was installed around 1910 to connect Escalante to Boulder. It's in quite good shape and you'll follow it for most of the rest of the trail.
Hit the rim of Death Hollow and enjoy huge views of the canyon and the rock expanses in all directions. It's worthwhile to explore the rim off trail around here. There are good campsites here if you're spending the night, though there are also good ones on the canyon bottom, where better water is easy to find. Death Hollow is so named after a mule fell to his death during one of the mail delivery trips.
Follow cairns down steep rock into the heart of the canyon where you'll hit Death Hollow creek. Turn left and change your footwear. Prepare for cold wading up to mid-thigh depth. For some sections of the next half-mile, you can follow paths on the banks, but most of them are COVERED with poison ivy, and you're better off running in the water.
Keep a sharp eye out for the trail ascending the hill to the right. Other trails continue downstream, so don't miss your turn. It is located on a small beach and is the first possible way to ascend the canyon (it's been sheer cliffs until this point). The run out starts pretty steep but then mellows out and is a pleasant ascent back to the rim.
Descend Mamie canyon. The Mamie Creek Natural Bridge Trail is highly recommended side trip to Mamie Creek Natural Bridge. Up out of this canyon, you'll cross Antone Flat which is hot and sandy but not very long.
Climb up a final escarpment, through a saddle, and enjoy huge views of both the Escalante valley and town. Head downhill, and just when you think you're going to run into the farms, take a left turn, cross a creek many times, and head through a beautiful little valley that ends right at the parking lot.
In more recent history, this trail was used to deliver mail and supplies between Escalante and Boulder in the early 20th century. Around 1910, a telegraph line was run along the trail, and still stands today along most of it.
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