Summary: For those who love to Bag the High Mountain peaks of Utah and the Wasatch, Box Elder Peak is a Must DO. At 11,101 feet High the views are breath taking. Out trip from the Granite Flats campground to the peak took us around 9 hours. Most of the trail was excellent and easy to follow with the exception of the last Mile or so when we left the main trail and headed South towards the summit their really was no trail. During the Last 1.5 miles the terrain is also quite steep and very rugged. I strongly recommend taking a GPS. On our descent we took the wrong ridge and had to cross a very steep canyon. To the South you can see the back side of Mount Timpanogos a view seldom seen of this magnificent mountain. To the North Lone Peak and much of the northern Wasatch. We also saw a large heard of mountain goats storming across a snow field. My trip to the summit of Box Elder was unforgettable.
Trailhead: From I-15 Take the American Fork Canyon (Timpanogos cave) Exit. Follow State Route 92 East through Alpine to the entrance of American Fork Canyon. Here You will have to pay a day use fee to enter the canyon. It was $3.00 the last time I came through. Continue East and when the road comes to a Y, stay to the left past Tibble Fork reservoir to the Granite Flats Camp Ground The trailhead parking is just inside the campgrounds. (Lat:40.49051 Lon:-111.6554)
Trail Guides for Box Elder Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pleasant Grove Ranger District 390 North 100 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062; 8
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by djay on 10/19/2009
I took the dry creek trailhead route, some snow and mud on trail on north side, south side on mountain was dry. The last portion of the climb once you leave the Phelps canyon trail at the junction of dry creek trail is very steep and grueling. Some snow on the very top, the rock cairn on the peak was in poor shape, but the views are outstanding, the backside of Timp was very snowy and beautiful.The trip up took 5hrs, back down was 3.5 hrs, barely made it out by twilight, Oct has short daylight hrs, course I'm also 53 yrs old. Very good day hike, good views, not too hard.
Reviewed by HCFoster on 7/19/2009
Great hike, fantastic scenery. Actual distance r/t from Granite Flats CG trailhead is more like 10.9 miles than the 8.8 stated in the description. Just back from doing this climb today and the wild flowers were outstanding!
Reviewed by Layne W on 9/3/2006
Box Elder is a very beautiful area. The trail to the saddle is excellent, but the last mile going South the is almost no trail. On the way down, we dropped into the wrong drainage west of the saddle we started on. The summit is excellent. We saw a heard of 9 mountain goat. We did this hike on Sep 2, 2006 Visibility was fair, a little smog, but it is one of those hikes I was probably not want to do again. It was one of the more difficult hikes I've been on.
Reviewed by JML on 8/23/2005
Great hike. Went on August 12th 2005 with my son who just turned 4. Trail is steep & loose in some spots. We did not make the summit but climbed 2200 in elevation from the trailhead to a beautiful meadow next to a steep ravine that still had some snow in it. This was a good ways past the old sheep herder cabin. The views were beautiful and we only passed a total of 5 other people on a Saturday afternoon. This is a steep hike. Great hike & I will return to the summit someday.
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