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Boulder Mail Trail is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Escalante, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.4 mi Elevation gain 2,582 ft Route type Point to Point

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If the "Boulder Mail Trail" seems like an odd title, it's quickly explained. Mules used to carry mail and supplies from Escalante to Boulder (and vice versa) along this route. As such, it's an overland trail as opposed to one that follows a canyon. Boulder Mail Trail does cross three canyons, though, each with its own hiking flavor. Sand Creek, 2.5 miles along the trail (if you start from Boulder Airport), is wet and alive. You'll find water here even in the middle of the summer. Hike two miles farther on and you'll be at Death Hollow. Despite its name, it's also wet all seasons of the year, but has a steep narrowness which can make it dangerous in rainy weather. Last of the canyons, a mile and a half from Death Hollow, is Mamie Creek, best known for a natural bridge. The last four miles of the hike run over the Antone Flats, made up of Navajo sandstone and occasionally shaded by clumps of ponderosa. At the end of the four miles, you'll be able to see Escalante. Slide down into Pine Creek, and you'll be at the Escalante Trailhead. You can also hike this trail in the opposite direction - but this route is more pleasantly downhill.

Escalante Ranger District PO BOX 246 ESCALANTE, UT 84726 Phone: 435-826-5400

To the Boulder Trailhead: From Escalante Drive Highway 12 east for 25 miles Turn off at Hell's Backbone Road. You'll go less than a fourth of a mile before taking the first left back west. You'll be at the Boulder Airport runway, which you'll cross (carefully). Go another 100 yards, and you're there. To the Escalante Trailhead From Escalante Turn into Escalante's cemetery and continue on through the cattle guard at your right. Follow the road for a fourth of a mile, then take the first left. Take this road for fourth of a mile more, and you'll be at the trailhead.

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Bradley Johnson
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Hiking

Epic hike from Boulder to Escalante! So much fun.

Gretel J.
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Hiking

This was amazing. There were definitely some difficult areas, which made it all the more fun. There were four of us. We did it in two days. The views were amazing. I highly recommend doing this around the beginning of June. That is when we did, and the desert was in full bloom. It was beautiful. Death Hollow was definitely the highlight. Lots of poison ivy, but we avoided a lot of it by hiking through the creek. We were all wearing shorts and none of us ended up getting poison ivy.

Sarah Agnew
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Hiking

Pretty, but not breathtakingly beautiful. More of a challenge to test your trail-findings skills. Used a shuttle service to make this a point-to-point with one night on the trail. Tons of poison ivy along the creek, but you should be fine if you rinse off in the water as soon as you go through it. Also a weird section at the end where you go through what feels like a farmer's private property.

Rick Cosmas
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Hiking

A Five Star spectacular hike offering the perfect combination of beauty and personal challenge (I am uncomfortable with heights - the “not for the faint of heart or fearful of heights” reviews are spot on). Did it as an overnight on a late October weekday starting around 1:30 at the Boulder airstrip. Camped on “the beach” shortly after the first river crossing in the hollows and would highly recommend the spot. For water, (the weather was 60 daytime 30 nighttime) I started with a liter, filtered a liter at the beach and filled my 3 liter bladder at the last river crossing. Finished with barely a sip left. The best parts for Late October were limited poison ivy in the hollows, perfect temp, knee high water at the crossings- I switched to water shoes for the hollows portion and rolled up pant legs at the crossings - and solitude ( I did not see a single person). The water was definitely cold when crossing. Challenging? Yes, on a few levels. Rewarding? Incredibly.

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E. Miskell
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Backpacking

By far the most spectacular scenery of the hike was entering and walking through Death Hollow - though if you have a fear of heights it's a bit of a thriller climbing down into that canyon. We spent three nights along this trail in early October following the recommended route from Boulder to Escalante. Apart from some ants, there were virtually no bugs. Camped the first night at Death Hollow after walking through the creek to avoid poison ivy, which indeed is everywhere down there. Spent the next at Mamie Creek. No running water but a large, funky looking pothole provided adequate water that tasted great. However, it clogged our brand new filter, making the last 8 miles - and final night of camping - a little stressful. Bright intense sun despite the cooler temps for much of this hike. Definitely recommend filling up at Death Hollow and carrying 2 days worth of water from there. The natural bridge is worth the easy day hike from Mamie Creek. Overall it was fun, tough, and totally worth it.

Shannon O
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This trail isn’t for the faint of heart. Lots of elevation changes and the terrain is really dry and a lot of sand stretches making walking tough. Not much shade. Tons of bugs. The trail along Death Hollow was extremely overgrown with TONS of poison ivy. I was extremely careful but it’s almost impossible to avoid and I ended up catching it on my feet. Ugh. We started from Boulder in the evening and camped about 3 miles in. There is a nice camp spot by the river with shade if you keep walking in, you’ll come to it. Bring A LOT of water and a filter. More than you think. The trail is well marked with rock cairns almost the whole way but the last couple miles was not well marked and you can easily miss the trail so follow the map. We got lost a couple times trying to find the trail, had to backtrack and we were pretty exhausted. It’s just not a trail I’d ever do again. So much respect for those who traveled this trail to deliver the mail. Wow.

Breck Tuttle
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Backpacking

This is a very dry trail except for a short distance in the bottom of Death Hollow Canyon. Bring plenty of water. I went through 6 liters. Every 4th of July there is a re-enactment of the mail delivery. Riders deliver mail from Escalante to Boulder and time the arrival of the mail to a parade in Boulder at 3:30. We happened not only to be on this trail and see the riders but one of the riders has the same name as me.

Geoff Ashmun
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Hiking

Did this as a long day hike, but an overnight in Death Hollow is how I’d do it next time. Water plentiful in DH and the flow is steady but never exceeding waist-high on a 6ft adult. The current is gentle where it’s deeper and you could safely float if you had to. Sand and Mamie creeks were copper-colored and stagnant, there were a handful of comparable potholes between Mamie and the final descent into Pine Creek so budget accordingly. Best camping options are DH and Mamie.

Lisa Gerber
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Hiking

What a spectacular hike! Did it as a day trip. To rim of Death Hollow and back. About 11 miles total. Multi-faceted and interesting hike.

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Herman Post
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HikingRockyScramble

Hiked from Boulder airport to rim of Death Hollow and back, 10.4 miles. Lovely hike, well marked and spectacular.

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Kenyon S.
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Backpacking

This will be my favorite backpack memory. I had a blast. did it over 3 days. arrived the first day only did a few miles to the water source. 2nd days went in and out of death hollow all the way to the 3rd canyon where we found water. 3rd day we hiked out. we only saw 2 other people over the whole trip. In death hollow we traveled slowly due to having to cross the river a bunch. also lots of poison ivy. Hard hike out of Death Hollow. The last day was tough too since you have to switch back down a loose rocky trail down to escalante. but I would do this again. not for the faint of heart.

Tom P.
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Hiking

Overall a great trip. But the “creeks” on the second half of the trip are small standing water pools. They are very dirty and clogged our filters. We went a full day without water because of that. Once you get into Death Hallow it’s almost impossible to avoid the poison ivy except to walk through the river. It’s enjoyable, but very slow going in there. The water gets mid-thigh for an average hight guy and about to hips for an average girl. Probably a good idea to water proof your packs incase you fall while hiking through it. And again, leaving death hallow is the last time you have flowing water, so fill up! There is a TON of elevation change through the entire trail, and the ups and down into the “creeks” are intense! It’s definitely not an easy hike. But lots of changes of scenery and beautiful views.

Marcus Sulskis
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Beautiful trail to deliver mail! I will definitely be coming back for more. Not an easy hike and plan for lots of poison ivy in the canyon! Overall it was epic!

Steve LaFrentz
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Awesome slickrock terrain! I hiked this trail last year, the 10.8 mile round trip. I made a couple of observations that might be of interest to anyone who plans to hike the Boulder Mail Trail to Death Hollow. Pay very close attention to the rock cairns and never hike beyond sight of your closest cairn. The surrounding terrain all looks the same and you could get lost very easily. Look back at the high mesa landmark…that’s where your car is parked. Don’t depend on your GPS to get you out. The high slickrock walls between you and your car will make your GPS directions undependable. When you reach Sand Creek go left and follow the trail a short distance and look for the cairns taking you up and out after crossing the creek. Pay close attention to where you crossed the creek because on your return trip there is no marker until you reach the slickrock. Pay attention to the one tree closest to the trail when descending down to Death Hollow…there are a lot of trees above the slickrock and you won’t be able to see the trail until you reach the top . If interested my YouTube link to this trail is:

Andrew Davidson
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Backpacking

Pros. Solitude and some really nice scenery around Death Hollow and Mamie Creek. Lots of available camping options. Cons. Poor trail the closer you get to Escalante. Mile after mile of really bland scenery, sagebrush and junipers trees. Overall I doubt I will do this trail again.

Lloyd Hegland
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Hiking

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

Jonathan Miller
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Hiking

I only did a portion of the trail. 5.5 miles to the Death Hollow overlook. There are massive gleaming white slick rock bowls to hike through. That was the highlight. Fairly easy - not too much elevation so slick rock lovers will love this hike

Jim Roberts
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Quiet and scenic with some spectacular locations. Adequately marked throughout. Only issue was overgrown path close to Escalante.

Jeff Fox
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. I hiked 5 miles down and then turned around. I had to cross the creek 33 times each way. I didn't see anyone else all day.

Maxi Miller
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Shane Kistel
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Mitchell McClure
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Jessica Cooper
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Topher Haskell
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Jeremy Allan
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Tasha Marie
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Tasha Marie
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