Boulder Mail Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Boulder Mail Trail is a 15.7 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, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
15.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2778 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

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.

hiking
2 months ago

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 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

hiking
6 months ago

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.