Boulder Mail Trail

HARD 6 reviews

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.

15.4 miles
2582 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash



nature trips

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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.

1 month 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.

10 months ago

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

11 months ago

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

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.