Box Canyon is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wendell, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
170 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

lake

river

views

waterfall

1 month ago

amazing hiking with a very rewarding scene of the bluest water ever! Just all out amazing!

1 month ago

Easy to find trail with beautiful views. BEWARE of the two large dogs that live directly at the beginning of the trail. One of them charged down the hill and onto the path at us. Glad we had our bear spray in our packs!

hiking
1 month ago

I’m sure this hike deserves a higher rating, but as an out-of-stater, I’m standing at a firm 3-Stars. The trailhead itself isn’t hard to find, but easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Just a random, small parking lot off the side of the road. When we started our hike/walk, we were greeted by a neighbor horsedog that was definitely not messing around with people stepping off the path. Just don’t make eye contact. The trail stops about halfway to a spot to overlook the canyon, which is beautiful. Walk a little further and you’ll see a sign that says “unimproved trail”. Just to that immediate right, the trail starts to descend down the lava rocks. From there, you’ll have to dodge the creeping poison oak that comes from all angles. We didn’t make it to the platform near the water, but only because of all the poison oak. It seemed to overtake the trail towards the end of it.

2 months ago

Very rewarding to get to the part where you can swim at the end. Careful though, the narrow path is full of poisonous oaks so long clothes advised.

nature trips
2 months ago

Took my Sister's family out here because they have never been. They absolutely loved it, was way worth the long walk getting to it. my six year old niece loved it, especially when we saw a bat while swimming in the lake at the end of the gorgeous hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for the family and dog. The area to get in the water was awesome for kids and dogs. We came into some problems at the first part of the trail with the big dogs who belonged to the farm by the trial. They kept charging out at our family pretty aggressively. It took us about 5 tries to finally get by them safely. After that awesome hike! The rocks were a little tough on our doggies paws. Bring more water than you think.

walking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Definitely worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the crystal clear blues and greens of the water! Fun hike with a swimming hole at the end!

2 months ago

The beginning was not boring for us, as soon as we hit the trail, we came a crossed a large bull snake, he just wanted to be on his way! Then when we got to the canyon, we saw 2 woodchucks & a Fox. By the time we got to past the waterfalls & got to the pool, crystal clear water & ice cold, my friends & I took our girls & they were ready to take a swim. Hike back out was faster, watch for the poison oak, bring extra water & towels. In mid summer, go early in the morning, you will be in the sun the entire hike. We got there at 8am, & was done by noon!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful spots that are worth it on easy/moderate trail.

trail running
3 months ago

Great place for easy running with some gorgeous views..and a little up and down to the river below. Interesting history of how the Box Canyon was formed. Overlook of river and waterfall are beautiful but stairs are broken but still passable.

3 months ago

Our family loved this trail. Easy enough for the kids but challenging as well. Loved swimming in the cold pool at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful and amazing place to go. Don’t forget to take water with you and a towel. You’ll love to soak in the pool!

3 months ago

Pristine waters, breathtaking geography, a fun hike. Wear long clothing and cover your skin, the poison oak is impossible to avoid.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Pristine blue water. Amazing!

Be careful though: The poison oak is plentiful and impossible to avoid on the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome little hike. Spontaneous trip on our end, we didn’t arrive here until 8pm and we were back at the car by 10:15pm. The hike at the beginning just seems like your walking to nowhere in the desert but after you turn right at the porta potty, you begin to see the river. After that you keep walking along the river, you see a beautiful waterfall and then pool or lake? and if you continue on the path it’ll loop around and you end up back at the porta potty then your car!

4 months ago

Super clear water and easy to hiking!!!

hiking
4 months ago

It starts out rather boring but once you decend into the canyon it's really beautiful. Saw several kinds of birds, a rockchuck and even a fox. Of interesting note, there were 2 random dogs in the parking lot when I got there and one lead me all the way to falls and back lol. super nice dogs but it was kind of weird. Not a lot of shade untill you're off the Rim so it gets hot rather quickly, bring extra water. I wouldn't take small children down the trail into the canyon, but older children in good hiking shoes would probably be ok.

4 months ago

doesn't look like much when you first get there but as you start going down in the canyon it keeps getting better. not a super hard trail, a couple spots got a little hard but overall a great hike and the best part is finally getting to the water!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail once you get down into it. Super dog friendly and challenging enough to work through with young pups. Would do again! Be cautious of the brush but the falls were way worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

What a beautiful trail! There are 2 ways to get to it. You either go down the unimproved trail to the bottom of the canyon where you get up close and personal with nature, or you loop around to get to the spring first then work your way up to the falls and rocky, steep trail. Either way it’s about 2-3 miles one way. The bottom trail has a lot of poison ivy so be careful.

5 months ago

Wow! We are from Nebraska where we have just flat land so the scenery and hike was just what we were looking for! We were mesmerized by the clear aqua blue water and and the waterfalls. Definitely wear long pants to avoid getting poison ivy/oak! There wasn’t a lot of people here so it was Great to find this gem! We sunbathed next to the water and cooled off in the pool before heading back up the canyon.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike! Watch out for the poison ivy though. Totally worth it once you get to the pool! My 4 year old made it most of the way without help. Lots of dogs and kids.

5 months ago

we started at 1030 am. we saw 4 other couples walking out. we made out clear down to the swimming holes with rocky beaches. it was cold water but our 18mo loved it. so worth the view. wear long pants. you scrap bushes and poison ivy. just keep going till you find the rocky beaches. totally worth it

we didn't see anyone else till on our way out at 130. we took our time as we have an 18mo old and one In the oven.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike! We had an amazing time, easy to find, easy to follow, was a little skeptical to let the dog off his leash due to a few snake sightings we were warned about, but let him off the leash once we got to the end where the lake/water area was!

5 months ago

Had a great hike. Kinda hot, flat and boring until you reach the canyon. But when you do? Wow! Just beautiful. Me and my girlfriend had little trouble going up or down. But it's still challenging enough to feel it the next day. When you get to the bottom it's just flat out beautiful. Get to the end and there's a great place to get in the water and swim and relax.

5 months ago

Did the full loop early May, counter clockwise; next time I would do it clockwise! Long pants are a must due to the poison ivy and stinging nettle. The water section could not be more beautiful! The lizards were very entertaining. The falls were exceptionally beautiful.

6 months ago

we really enjoyed this hike. we took our stroller for the first 1/2 mile probably. a d then I carried our 12 month old son for the rest of the way. I am not in good shape but we did it without too much difficulty.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a pretty great day trip for our family. I would say moderate is a fair assignment of the difficulty level, you’re hiking down into/up out of a canyon, but we were able to take our 5 yo, 3yo, and our dog. We had to help them out in places, lift them over big rocks, and I occasionally carried the 3yo because it was easier. You do have to walk a ways to get to the actual hike but I would say it’s well worth it. We hiked pass the actual falls down to the swimming hole. The water was pretty darn cold but we waded in a bit. There wasn’t much of a shallow area for the littles or even us big people. As for dogs there were a LOT of people who didn’t have their dogs on leash which caused problems for us since our dog isn’t used to that and tried to very enthusiastically play with other dogs. We took some lunch and ate there, overall really nice hike. To be aware of snakes and ticks though! We saw both.

hiking
6 months ago

Like others have said it’s rather hot and boring in the beginning but turns out to be so amazing! The water and falls are beautiful and I thought the hike was pretty easy except the heat. Make sure to continue on after the falls to the swimming hole-the water is cold but refreshing and beautiful

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