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Box Elder Trail is a 13.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near American Fork, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.8 miles Elevation Gain: 5,505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



This is a wild and rugged trail that travels to a seldom visited area of the Lone Peak Wilderness. The trail climbs steeply to circumnavigate Box Elder Peak, and then culminates at the Deer Creek-Dry Creek trail #043.

7 months ago

There was some snow on the trail today and there was one short icy spot that we used chains for 50 feet. There was a small number downed trees. The trail was well established and easy to follow. I'll major trail junctions had signs. If you don't want to return back the way you came you can take the Deer Creek/Dry Creek trail back to the trailhead. This is .5 miles shorter that returning and makes a nice loop.

10 months ago

This is a great wild place. You will need to earn the fantastic views from the top. Pure isolation close to the city. Train is all clear now other than a few muddy spots. Heard some coyotes and loves the views.

11 months ago

Lots of blow down and slide damage on the early sections of the trail this season.

Sat Sep 16 2017

I enjoyed the hike. I actually did a circle. So far, none of these AllTrails hike show it this way. Started near the Granite Flats campground entrance. Hiked on Trail 43 to Trail 188. About a mile or so, there is an unmarked trail to the Box Elder Peak Summit. I have a GPX to share, if needed. Then hiked back to trail 188 and turned right. Followed that to Trail 44 back to the Granite Flats campground. Most of Trail 188 beyond the Box Elder Peak turnoff is very much overgrown, but not hard to stay on the trail. I loved it, because I was alone most of the day. Here is a Strava Link, if it helps.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Challenging but incredible views, beautiful wilderness. Still quite a bit of snow, so it's easy to lose the trail, but I made it to the canyon bottom (the end as described here). Fun snow play there.

10 months ago

recorded White canyon

Thu Aug 02 2018

Sat Jun 16 2018

recorded Box Elder Trail

Sun Jun 03 2018

Wed Nov 15 2017