Box Creek Trail

Jackson, Wyoming

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Located 40 miles northwest of Jackson, in the south-central Teton Wilderness. A day hike or 2- to 3-day backpack that offers great access to the heart of the Teton Wilderness. In 1987 a tornado ripped through the Box Creek area, toppling trees and leaving trunks and debris stacked 10- to 15-feet high in places. It also left a 14,000-acre swath of destruction behind. Never before had a tornado been recorded at such a high elevation. Since the blowdown, Forest Service, American Hiking Society, Sierra Club, and Student Conservation crews, as well as commercial outfitters, have worked to reopen the closed trails.

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"Located 40 miles northwest of Jackson, in the south-central Teton Wilderness. A day hike or 2- to 3-day backpack that offers great access to the heart of the Teton Wilderness.

In 1987 a tornado ripped through the Box Creek area, toppling trees and leaving trunks and debris stacked 10- to 15-feet high in places. It also left a 14,000-acre swath of destruction behind. Never before had a tornado been recorded at such a high elevation. Since the blowdown, Forest Service, American Hiking Society, Sierra Club, and Student Conservation crews, as well as commercial outfitters, have worked to reopen the closed trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 1,720 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Buffalo Ranger District (307) 684-1100
Local Maps: Bridger-Teton National Forest Buffalo and Jackson and Ranger District map; USGS: Joy Peak, Two Ocean Pass, Gravel Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Creek Trail

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May 2018