Dry Creek

Alpine, Utah

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The trail alternates between pines and aspens as it climbs to a large meadow sitting at the base of Box Elder Peak. In the early summer, the meadow teems with wildflowers. The trail becomes less distinct in the meadow. The Dry Creek Trail makes a sharp left in the middle of the meadow, while the Box Elder Trail continues across the meadow to the southeast. Turn left and follow the trail through aspens and up a ridge, reaching the 9000-foot level. When you top the ridge, a large alpine basin opens up to you. You can see the peaks of the Alpine Ridge along the northern ridge top. As you approach tree line, the terrain opens up significantly, making for spectacular views. After a long climb, a total of 4.5 miles from the trailhead, you finally reach the top, a saddle at 9700 feet with great views in all directions. You can see the Uinta Mountains on the eastern horizon, Mount Timpanogos and Box Elder Peak to the south, and the entire Alpine Ridge to the north, including the peaks of some of the Little Cottonwood Canyon ski resorts.
100 Hikes in Utah

DESCRIPTION FROM:

100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail alternates between pines and aspens as it climbs to a large meadow sitting at the base of Box Elder Peak. In the early summer, the meadow teems with wildflowers.

The trail becomes less distinct in the meadow. The Dry Creek Trail makes a sharp left in the middle of the meadow, while the Box Elder Trail continues across the meadow to the southeast. Turn left and follow the trail through aspens and up a ridge, reaching the 9000-foot level. When you top the ridge, a large alpine basin opens up to you. You can see the peaks of the Alpine Ridge along the northern ridge top. As you approach tree line, the terrain opens up significantly, making for spectacular views. After a long climb, a total of 4.5 miles from the trailhead, you finally reach the top, a saddle at 9700 feet with great views in all directions. You can see the Uinta Mountains on the eastern horizon, Mount Timpanogos and Box Elder Peak to the south, and the entire Alpine Ridge to the north, including the peaks of some of the Little Cottonwood Canyon ski resorts.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 4,380 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Season: July to October
Local Contacts: Uinta National Forest, Pleasant Grove Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Timpanogos Cave, Dromedary Peak; Trails Illustrated Uinta National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Dry Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2008
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This is a very pretty hike that feels extremely remote while being amazingly close to civilization. The directions here make a terrific approach for a summit bid on Box Elder. Once you reach the saddle, you make a right at the three-way intersection and climb the ridgeline to the summit. Great Hike!


6/27/2002
0

This is a beautiful trail with easy access from the city. It does get quite hot in the summer - there is only a little shade at the beginning of the trail. Beautiful views overlooking the city once you gain some elevation - and it interconnects to a number of other trails. It is a busy trail, and you'll see a lot of other hikers and bikers, especially on the weekends.



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