Box Canyon

Ashford, Washington

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This very short loop crosses a bridge over a deep, narrow gorge carved by the erosive action of a silt-laden river. This hike is great for those interested in glaciers and glacial rivers. The Box Canyon Trail showcases the powerful polishing force of a glacier and the effects of long-term erosion by its silt-filled water. The paved trail takes you past wildflowers and the thundering canyon itself. For the first half of this hike, the paved trail is wide, smooth, and wheelchair accessible. The entire hike is paved, but the second stretch is considerably rougher and would prove tumultuous travel for a wheelchair.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This very short loop crosses a bridge over a deep, narrow gorge carved by the erosive action of a silt-laden river.

This hike is great for those interested in glaciers and glacial rivers. The Box Canyon Trail showcases the powerful polishing force of a glacier and the effects of long-term erosion by its silt-filled water. The paved trail takes you past wildflowers and the thundering canyon itself. For the first half of this hike, the paved trail is wide, smooth, and wheelchair accessible. The entire hike is paved, but the second stretch is considerably rougher and would prove tumultuous travel for a wheelchair.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 30 minutes
Season: May through Sept
Local Contacts: Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, (360) 569-6571; Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, (360) 569-6581
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Canyon

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