Box Elder Trail is a hiking trail in Utah County, Utah. It is within Lone Peak Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 6,773 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,487 feet.
Box Elder Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Box Elder is a dramatic, beautiful peak that dominates the skyline around the American Fork, Dry Creek, and Deer Creek canyons. Viewed from the metropolitan sprawl of Utah County to the west, the mountain appears as a common, snow-covered triangle. But to see her from the north and east, you get to witness the terrifying aftermath of geologic time. Massive cliffs warped from seismic energy rise up from a gigantic, horseshoe-shaped bowl, which is the showcase skiable line. Avalanche paths called Shotgun Chutes spill down through swaths of north-facing evergreens for thousands of feet, and wide-open headwalls surround the remaining aspects for tons of vertical,
no matter how you choose to ski it."
--Jared Hargrave, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"One of the lesser-known big peaks of the Wasatch, Box Elder Peak offers exceptional mountain-wilderness scenery and wildlifeviewing. Most fit hikers can achieve the adventurous off-trail scramble to the summit. Bring 2-3 liters of water on this hike. Water can also be purified in the streams and springs. There are restrooms at the trailhead."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"An incredible ski peak standing quite alone between Little Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons. Cross-country skiing is possible near Tibble Fork Reservoir.Dry Creek is the most popular trailhead for this area; it’s a shorter drive than Tibble and closer to the appealing northwest cirque and west-facing runs. Ascend the trail (an old four-wheel-drive road) to 8,200 feet, where the avalanche run-out from the northwest cirque is visible to the south. Ascend the northwest spur of the north ridge, and then follow the main ridge to the summit."
--Tyson Bradley, Backcountry Skiing Utah (Falcon Guides).
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