"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."