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hiking
4 days ago

Spike Hiked up on New Year's day. snowshoes are not necessary. packed in Euro sleds to come down. this was a riot. sometimes the trail was too narrow, rocky or steep for the sleds, so we would pick them up and walk a bit. super fun day!

Wonderful winter hike. spikes are perfect right now. We saw a moose on Thursday.

Went snowshoeing here in late December; signs regarding specific bear activity have been removed, but there were fresh mountain lion prints in the snow along the trail. The road is closed to vehicles above the canyon entrance in the winter so it takes about 1.3 miles of hiking just to get to the campground and the trail.

Hiked today. Brief review: nice hike. Consistent climbing. After the turn off at about 1.7 miles, the next mile is up a wash. Probably the most consistent effort of the hike. After that, the rest of the climb is easier (relatively). Turn off was easy to find. No mud today. It’s likely too cold for mud now.

rock climbing
2 months ago

This was an awesome hike and climb, many off shoot trails and if you go up the peak opposite provides a mix of high incline hiking and moderately difficult rock climbing.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail, where it diverges from the Rock Canyon trail, is not marked. Use the map in this app to make sure that you make the left turn at the y in the trail. It is steep, but winds through aspen and other deciduous forest. There were flocks of robins, other small birds, and deer in the woods. Wish I had been here a few weeks earlier when the aspen were bright yellow.

The upper part of the trail is steep and was very muddy from snow melt. The view from the peak is worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail, muddy with snowmelt.

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful and so worth it!

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.

3 months ago

Beautiful in the fall.

Late Fall weather has the colors on the mountain popping! The weather and temperature was as perfect as it could be. Cooler in the morning, but warming quickly. Dark clouds loomed over the mountain most of the day, but we received no rain or snow.
From Aspen Grove it took us 4 hours and 15 minutes to summit. Winds on top were calmer than usual, only blowing small rocks.
Our 1 year old mix breed pup loves the hike, and hasn’t had any problems with his feet on the rough terrain.
The trail had lots of good people on it today.

Fun hike - gorgeous fall colors! Took us 2 hours up and 1.25 hours back down. Very cool views of rock canyon at the top - surprisingly, not very cold.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike in the fall leaves. Is it steep, but well worth it for the color

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

Was fun to hike as a kid. We would do it at night so it was not as hot. The morning was very cold until the sun came up. At which time we had hiked to the silver shed on top. What a beautiful view of Utah valley. I will never for get coming down the glacier and enjoying the ride to Emerald lake. Was a lot of fun with my brother and friends.

amazing hike. it was 17 miles though... def not 13.9. beautiful, great weather, great trail. loved it!

I love this hike. It gets super steep at parts. It can be pretty hot in the summer so I like doing it during the fall. The colors on this trail in the fall are out of this world!

So hard but the views were worth it!

As of 31 Aug 2018 the trail was closed due to a bear. On 9 Sep 2018 the closed sign was still there.

We love this trail. I hiked it with my dog 1 Sep 2018. We saw a sign that said not to picnic or camp up the canyon due to a bear sighting. When we got back, we saw the other sign that said the trail was closed due to the bear. Oops.

To get to the left fork of Maple Canyon, you start at the trail head at the top of Whiting Campground. It could be the bear has only been on Maple Canyon Right Fork which takes you to the top of Spanish Fork Peak, if it was on Right Fork, it's probably a risk on Left Fork too.
(see Spanish Fork Peak page where Sarah Judd's review indicated the trail was closed and a couple months prior to that Devin Christensen says he came across a bear and two cubs https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/spanish-fork-peak-via-maple-canyon)

This is a beautiful canyon, but I'm bringing my bear spray from now on even when they give us the all clear. With the stream, and thick forest, it seems like a perfect habitat for bear to this non-expert. I know others have seen moose on this trail too. Moose may be even more dangerous than bear from what I've heard.

hiking
4 months ago

A great challenge with a great reward. Hiking this in the fall is a must. 7.5 miles round trip in about 2.5 hours alone. Views of Buffalo Peak, Timpanogos, Rock Canyon and Utah Valley. Make sure you are in shape for this one.

4 months ago

Great hike with an incredible view at the end. Steep and rocky but definitely worth it for the end! Great way to get some killer calves.

hiking
4 months ago

Surprised by this hike. Fantastic views at the top — the final 1/2 mile is where it all comes together so stick it out to the end. Not much water in Sept but the maples are turning bright red at the top. Shaded most of the day most of the way. Hung a hammock at the top and read for a few hours, and had it all to myself.

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...

We went up last Saturday. We hiked the first hour or two with headlamps because we started in the dark. Plenty of parking when we got there and a steady climb with breathtaking views all the way up. Managed to find some mountain goats. The only two complaints I have are the amount of people and that you have to hike just short of a mile across a boulder field-it hurts your feet! Will be trying the Timpanogee trail next time.

hiking
4 months ago

Squaw Peak ft. Philip

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.

Best Utah county trail. A must.

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