The Box Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,725' 526 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 7,772' 2,369 m
Low: 6,408' 1,953 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“An adventurous run through a pristine canyon along a clear cold creek.”— Tilman Giese
Follow the path from the Lower Box Trailhead. When you reach the left bank of Pine Creek, cross immediately and do not follow the boot-worn paths that continue on the left bank. The next stream cross crossing is just ahead. Use the volcanic boulders to hop across. The trail turns left and The Box opens up a little with pines and Douglas fir on either side of the creek. You'll have to keep crossing the stream regularly, but the trail will guide you where it is easy to cross. After about 4 miles, the trail cross the creek several times in quick succession before you reach Deep Creek which joins from the left. After two more crossings you have longer stretch without water crossings and get to the heart of the canyon.
The canyon slowly narrows and confines Pine Creek. You need cross the stream more frequently again and find your way around fallen trees, roots, boulders, and smaller slides. When you see a grassy slope, you have reach the end of the trail. Keep left up the slope to reach the gravel road and the Upper Box Trailhead.
Typically this route is undertaken as a shuttle, which means that you'll want to plan ahead to organize either a shuttle car or a pickup at the Upper Trailhead, or you'll need to double your distance by heading back the way that you came.
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Land Manager: BLM Utah - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument