Box Canyon Springs Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews

Box Canyon Springs Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Wendell, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 351 feet Route Type: Loop

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fee

There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle. Note: As of May 2019, users report that the overlook/bridge is damaged and needs repair however it is still crossable. Please check the park page for more information.

hiking
muddy
21 days ago

Beautiful trail. Would describe as 85% easy with 15% moderate for the incline. Couldn't stop staring at the beautiful water.

hiking
2 months ago

If you can park in the back lot it shaved off a mile. $5 daily fee, $40/yr. beautiful trail!

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Phone read 4.34m in 1:10:56 with 381 ft of gain. Unbelievable sight. Massive amount of water coming from spring. Getting to spring requires very serious down climb or a half mile of bushwhacking. Rest of trail a little over grown in spots. Water crystal clear.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Shocking to find this lush canyon with a river flowing from the head wall. The trail starts on the top with views of arid ranch land in all directions and suddenly you look down into the canyon! A steep trail with warnings about personal injury allows you to reach the bottom of the canyon and the follow the river along a very overgrown trail. Anyone looking for some hiking out here should try this one.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail for a short day hike. The trail goes between being sandy and loose to rocky. If you have bad knees or ankles, hiking poles/staff might be helpful. If your joints are still hanging in there, it's totally possible to do this trail in chacos or other durable sandal. The cold water is the perfect reward for the direct sun you're in for the majority of the hike. I didn't think the bugs were bad, but the trail was getting a little overgrown in areas. The bridge is still a little broken down looking, but it still holds weight. I also made this an out-and-back trail instead of completing the loop, so I can't speak for the hike back through the field. Overall a good, short day hike, especially if you're looking for some time in the water!

hiking
no shade
over grown
private property
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

little bit of a walk to trail head. Not an easy trail for anyone with bad knees! so beautiful!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Incredible. Out in the middle of pastures and corn fields, this box canyon exists. Beautiful river trail. Highly recommend!!!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

The upside to little shade is the great oasis with “beaches” at the end. Such a reprieve after a super hot and sunny hike. We brought a dog and a baby in a Kelty pack. We will be back- next time with bathing suits!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and easy trails. Get to the end to enjoy the calm water for a swim. Get the whole river for ourselves. Highly recommended!

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

This is an amazing hike! $5 per vehicle unless you have a yearly permit. There are no signs so keep your eyes peeled for the steel cable that leads you down into the canyon. Immediately the views are breathtaking! The waterfall is gorgeous just be careful of the bridge. It held up fine but it’s a little dodgy. Keep going and you make it to the springs. Chilly water but perfect after the hike. It’s rocky, there’s not a lot of shade, and obviously plenty of bugs during the hike. There is poison ivy on the trail along with stinging nettles. These are CONFIRMED so plan accordingly. Lots of people had dogs but I was a little wary of the poison ivy so left my guy at home. Enjoy!!

hiking
5 months ago

We struggled finding the trail and ended up on a more dangerous part of the trail. We have teens so they thought it was great . Pretty easy hike too.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful views! such amazing blue water! hike is overall very short and I would rate easy not moderate. definitely alot of people check this hidden gem out so recommended to go during the week!

hiking
5 months ago

The waters of the spring are magnificent. This is definitely not for children or the elderly! Offer little shade and pretty sketchy pathways. No one has even bothered to work on the trail or foot bridge for years. Prettiest blue water Ive ever seen in the dessert though :) Did the entire trail. Didn’t turn around and come back the way we came down like most others do. After end of the Springs, the trail becomes what looks like a land management gravel road that eventually comes back up the canyon, along side the Snake River and then back to the top of the canyon.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Beautiful trail! Nice hike down and along the springs and stream. Super clear and beautiful waters. Though I did not get in, a couple families were swimming in the farthest pool. If following the full loop, be prepared for a long, steady switchback up the side with no shade coverage and then acrossed a field back to the parking lot. Would recommend turning back around and leaving the way you came in. Plus you'd get to see all the sights again.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

The "poison oak" that several people have mentioned is probably the harmless rhus trilobata which grows all along the canyon, and is so thick that you must push through shrubs of it at times. (Poison oak is not an Idaho plant. One way you can tell the difference is that rhus trilobata has red berries, which are currently visible.) However, ordinary poison ivy and stinging nettles were very common along (and in) the trail and required alertness to avoid. :/ Heading in from the official parking lot, the trails were completely unmarked (although I did see one uprooted sign lying on the ground at one point). There is no way to access the first beautiful springs that can be seen from the overlook except by climbing directly down the cliffs near the parking lot, which some people were doing. The waterfall and spring/ swimming hole further down was accessible by a trail that I probably would have missed had it not been for a constant stream of people going up and down on a hot Saturday afternoon. (It was 95 degrees, and I did run out of water even though I thought I had brought plenty.) The point where the trail heads down was indicated by a single piece of metal lying on its side. It branched a couple of times later, with no indication as to which direction to take. The bridge near the waterfall, built in 2004, was crossable, but the fake boards making up the floor were drooping severely in several places. Makes you wonder what the $5.00 per vehicle being collected at the top is being used for! Returned by retracing the trail from the swimming hole and waterfall rather than doing the loop. This is what most people were doing so it's possible the remainder of the trail would have been less crowded, but I didn't want to get lost. Very pretty views, but a bit brutal for someone of my lack of fitness level. The heat made me lightheaded, and I did lose my balance and fall at one point where the path required stepping from one large rock to another. If I went again, I would probably choose cooler weather . . maybe fall when that much maligned fragrant sumac and even the poison ivy would be exhibiting autumn colors!

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent hike! Definitley go early in the day in the hotter months especially if you have dogs. The canyon is beautiful and the water is exceptionally blue. The swimming hole is crystal clear and great for a dip. Would definitley go back.

hiking
5 months ago

It was a good hike. Steep going down, but the water was clear cold and beautiful. Worth the walk

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

The trail is rocky at the top of the canyon. entering the canyon the trail get very steep there is a metal cable to hold onto. The bottom of the canyon the trail has poison ivy along the trail so be careful. water is very cold about 50F but has a beautiful blue color and its clear. This is the 11th largest natural spring in the USA with about 190,000 gallons of water per minute pours out to the spring into the snake river.

hiking
6 months ago

It is a $5 self pay to the back parking lot. Right off the bat you get an awesome view of the canyon. The trail is well marked and takes you up stairs over a barbed wire fence, along the rim, and down into the canyon. If you're hiking with dogs, make sure the temperature is cooler. We started the hike during the hottest part of the day and I ended up having to carry my boxer until we reached the shade because the sand was burning his feet! The trail winds along the beautiful river with a waterfall and pristine swimming hole at the end. Too cold for me to swim but so so pretty!

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