Box Canyon and Nickel Creek Trail

Packwood, Washington

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Box Canyon is one of the most unusual features in the park, and Nickel Creek Camp is a rustic backcountry retreat perfect for kids’ first backpacking adventure. The trail explores the rim of the deep chasm of Box Canyon before swinging out through the forest for a woodland ramble into the Nickel Creek valley along this short section of the Wonderland Trail. You can continue on the trail beyond Nickel Camp, climbing to Indian Bar.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Box Canyon is one of the most unusual features in the park, and Nickel Creek Camp is a rustic backcountry retreat perfect for kids’ first backpacking adventure.

The trail explores the rim of the deep chasm of Box Canyon before swinging out through the forest for a woodland ramble into the Nickel Creek valley along this short section of the Wonderland Trail. You can continue on the trail beyond Nickel Camp, climbing to Indian Bar.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: June–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Canyon and Nickel Creek Trail

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