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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,582 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

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nature trips

trail running

river

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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!

backpacking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017