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Amazing. Expansive. Great trail for running. Did get sunburned on a not very warm day, due to deceptively high elevation for this type of terrain. Wear sunscreen even if you plan to be out less than 30-45 minutes.

Beautiful hike!! Today the snow was about a foot deep on one section of the trail, but we were able to follow others' footsteps and really enjoyed the hike. It took us a little over two hours.

Unable to hike now due to snow. I’m sure this hike is wonderful, but just wanted this review to be on here so people know the condition of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked the summit in Sept when leaves were at there best. Started from Granite Flats going up Deer Creek Trail, great hike except for last mile it is straight up, no switch backs. Came down bushwhacking through cliffs to the north of the peak, fun trail finding adventure. Caught an unmarked trail that loops around a no name peak east of Box Elder summit and went south connecting to and down Box Elder Trail. Took us 6.5 hours.

beautiful

trail running
3 months ago

An awesome wasatch run. Great views of box elder peak almost the entire way up. Great for viewing the yellow aspen leaves during fall time. I saw elk, mountain goats and mule deer on this late afternoon run. Brought 1.5 liters of water and ran out 15 mins from the bottom.

Many lakes and a couple great view points. An easy-moderate hike that gives you a good taste of the Uintas

Saw 4 moose and a coyote. There was a bull moose and cow with calf right at the start of the trail by the parking lot and a 4th on the trail. The colors are amazing right now and the view at the top was beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

We went counter clockwise. Stunning views at top. Beautiful alpine the rest of the route, with many wild flowers in bloom. Peaceful and serene!

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible! Somewhat deceptively long going up trail#043 as you have great views of the summit essentially the whole hike. trail is well maintained and easy to follow with plenty of switch backs and decent grade (until summit push). Next time I will bring my Australian Shepard.
I did a variation of the loop and well worth it! I came off the south side of Box Elder and used a game trail to summit the no name peak just to the south.... & was awesome! Particularly because I spooked a family of ~15 Mountain Goats (no joke.... 15!) I then dropped off the no name peak to the trail #044 you could actually see below (from summit of the no name peak) but be warned this way is very STEEP route finding with some sketchy parts but once on #044 was “smooth” sailing and is a cruiser of a trail

Very under rated park.

Lovely hike. Extremely mild. Beautiful lakes along the way. Bring some hammocks and chairs, as this is a spot to RELAX. Could have spent days exploring the Lofty Lake area. Beautiful formations and very little traffic. Smoky the past couple days, but where is it not. Highly recommended.

The view was amazing, the hike was very nice We started at 8:15 and back at 1:, plus we spent time at the lake and ate lunch.

The bristle cone pines are amazing!!! Beautiful trees contrast against a stark landscape creating a wonderful journey. An easy walk/hike of 4 miles with a modest 500 ft of elevation gain on the way back. Very few people on the trail most walked to the first overlook for a photo, some went s far as spectra point but few traveled the 2 miles to rampart overlook. 25 campsites at the monument and plenty to do in the area. A great rest day on our Utah journey

Hiked to the summit with the dog last week. Ran into one other hiker. Love the solitude on this trail. A couple miles up the trail you will have several views of the ponds off to your left - this time I saw a moose down by the water..really cool..The red leaves are gorgeous right now...Wanted to try this White Pine trail #188 I believe on the way down, but it was dark and didn't want to risk it...will try the loop next time..My garmin showed about 11.5 miles roundtrip...

hiking
4 months ago

An amazing hike. It is brutal and not for the faint of heart. It's about 4.8 miles to the top from Silver Lake Flat road. The maple type trees were at their peak of redness, aspens just starting to turn. It was about 60 degrees up on top. The trail to community flats (#043) is easy to follow but can feel misleading because you spend a lot of time heading north away from Box Elder but does eventually swing you around to the meadow at community flats. At the trail sign in the meadow you follow the trail that goes south (#188). You have to watch carefully for the cut off to the summit off #188. You'll see #188 head down and off to the left, to summit you want to head up the steep incline to the right toward 2 aspens and next to a scraggly lone pine. The trail from there to the top is mostly easy to see but sometimes a little sketch. You do spend a lot of time in the trees which was a pleasant surprise. The trail above the trees is STEEP and rocky and it's a ridge trail so at times it's pretty scary (drop offs on both sides). There's a huge rock abutment that seems impassable with the trail teetering around the east side. Turns out at that point you're only 50 yards from the top and you can skip the trail and just climb straight up the middle of the abutment and you're there!!! The views are stunning 360 degrees of jaw dropping beauty. Quiet and peaceful. We saw one hiker and one hunter at community flats. We had the mountain to ourselves.

hiking
4 months ago

Has become one of my favorites! A less traveled trail if you take the full loop. Crosses over various terrain from pine forests, meadows, aspen groves, to scrambling and granite and rocky. Multiple view point ledges. Multiple valleys and ridges (ups and downs). Saw some wildlife...fox, elk, deer, eagles, and more. Challenging hike but very worth it!

Follows the Red Pine trail until about a mile from the end. Red Pine is a busy trail, traffic reduced substantially once we crossed the unmarked wooden bridge. Closer to 8 miles total. Overall a good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Although lacking in technical difficulty (no scrambling, bouldering or trail-finding) this hike proves to be challenging due to its length and steepness (especially towards the summit).

Excellent views of Alpine, North and South across the Wasatch range and out West looking out to the Uintahs.

Made the full loop by starting out at the Granite Flats Campground Trailhead and made my way back via White Canyon trail (highly recommended).

As you descend, White Pine Canyon trail will jut off to the right cutting down and across the forest.

For some reason the peak remains pretty secluded but I absolutely loved it!

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I took two five year olds on this hike - only to the Spectra Point Lookout. I LOVED it! Nice stretches right along the cliffs (yes, keep an eye on your kids) and some nice stretches in the woods. So many incredible views. Bang for your buck, this was a great hike with my littles.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful scenery. Some steep, rocky trails. We took a group of kids 11-17 and had a great time.

backpacking
4 months ago

We started from the trailhead just outside the Granite Flats campground around 4:00-4:30 pm, and made it to the meadow by 7:00 to camp overnight before going to the summit the next morning. The constant switchbacks you follow making it to that point weren’t great, and were steep, but pretty typical of what you see anywhere else in the Wasatch.

Climbing to the summit to the meadow can basically be summed up in one word: steep! Not a lot of bouldering like other peaks around it, and actually pretty decent shade as you summit from the meadow. The views at the top are great, especially of Timp on the south and Pfeifferhorn on the north. There’s also plenty of room at the top, unlike a lot of other peaks in the area.

We made this trip in late July and still had some snow, but nothing on the trail itself. Overnighting was fun, but you can definitely do this as a one day trip too.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful trail with amazing views that crosses multiple lakes

Another beautiful hike up Little Cottonwood Canyon!

5 months ago

Great trail. Everything you can ask for.

Sustained, hard, but totally worth the effort! Just don’t forget to coordinate with your peeps, the loop direction beforehand!

hiking
5 months ago

I've done this peak a few times now. Definitely do the loop after the peak. There was never anyone on the trail when I hiked it, usually mid week. I saw some bull elk just off the trail. Recommended for sure.

This is a beautiful trail. I suggest going counter clockwise because the second half is steeper so it’s easier to go down.

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