The Pine Creek Box Trail

Escalante, Utah

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This hike is a very pleasant walk down an unusually scenic canyon of Pine Creek known as the Box. Conservationists fought hard to have this area included in the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984, but there was strong opposition from local ranchers who use the area for summer grazing. The Box was ultimately included as part of the 25,750-acre Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area, but only after the exclusion of a long, narrow plateau that separates the Box and Death Hollow. Now the map of Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area looks like a mitten, with Pine Creek running down the thumb. Cattle fences have been built to keep cows out of the Box, but the numerous cow pies in the canyon suggest that the effort hasn’t been completely successful.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This hike is a very pleasant walk down an unusually scenic canyon of Pine Creek known as the Box. Conservationists fought hard to have this area included in the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984, but there was strong opposition from local ranchers who use the area for summer grazing.

The Box was ultimately included as part of the 25,750-acre Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area, but only after the exclusion of a long, narrow plateau that separates the Box and Death Hollow. Now the map of Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area looks like a mitten, with Pine Creek running down the thumb. Cattle fences have been built to keep cows out of the Box, but the numerous cow pies in the canyon suggest that the effort hasn’t been completely successful.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,740 feet
Top Elevation: 7,740 feet
Local Contacts: Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area, Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
Local Maps: Posy Lake (USGS), Wide Hollow Reservoir (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to The Pine Creek Box Trail

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