Box Canyon

MODERATE 44 reviews

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

hiking
2 days 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!

12 days ago

Super clear water and easy to hiking!!!

hiking
13 days 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.

15 days 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
24 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 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
2 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
2 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

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail with easy access to trailhead! Plain view of farmland the first mile but you’ll immediately see the canyon with beautiful aqua blue pools. The trail will wrap around the canyon and then reach a steel cable-guided decline to the river. The trail leads to beautiful waterfalls and a wading pool being blocked by a rock. Sadly the only way to the pools is through off-trail means (crossing the river or scaling the canyon). Be aware that during the spring-summer months there is A LOT of Poison Ivy surrounding the trail. Other than that I will definitely hike again soon! Doggo friendly on/off leash.

2 months ago

Fun hike to start the year. The water is so clear and beautiful. We did the full loop, took us about 3 hours, including sightseeing and picture taking.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views, best hiking in the area

7 months ago

Beautiful hike. Has a nice cable rail down into canyon.

7 months ago

This trail does offer a loop but you have to do some steep up hill climbing. Best hiking in the fall, because you don’t run into a lot of poison ivy and there is no shade for the most part. The first part is a little boring but the views that come later are worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Looks can be deceiving. You get there first and see nothing , but farm land. Keep walking and you will find a great hidden falls and a nice area to take a swim. The only bad part is there's lots of poison ivy.

hiking
10 months ago

Can't hike to the pools but nice hike down the river. Watch for the poison ivy its everywhere.

fishing
10 months ago

A fun family hike down Box Canyon State Park. There is a 5 dollar fee for parking at the trail head. The first mile is walking to the Canyons rim and is not much to write home about and can be quit hot so bring plenty of water. The hike down into the Canyon is mildly difficult but there is a guiding steal cable to hold onto so no gear is necessary. The Canyon its self is spectacular beautiful spring water and tons of vegetation and insect life. The head of the spring is not accessible as the trail leads west but there is a swimming section to about half a mile or so once you get down into the canyon were you can cool down from the hike. From the pond you can either head out the way you came or keep going west and loop back around up the rim and then back to the trail head.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike, starts out on a short stretch through the desert and comes up to one of the gems of southern Idaho. Beautiful, pristine, cold water the rest of the way through.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Be careful and make sure to watch out for poison ivy, it's everywhere. Best hike so far this year! The first bit of the hike is in the wide open desert, but even on a hot day it wasn't that bad. Then you drop down into the canyon and it's beautiful! Keep going after the walkway by the waterfall, there's crystal clear pools for swimming in!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice hike, we did a complete loop 4.29 mi

walking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Simple walk along some farms to an overlook. Nice canyon with river and geese. $5 to park in a dirt lot.

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