DISTANCE
24.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail this weekend starting on Friday night, finishing Sunday morning. This is a tough one, especially on day two with so many passes to get up and over - lots of elevation gain (and loss). Our camp spots were about 3.5-4 miles in for the first night, and then all the way down in the valley of Hickman Canyon after coming down from Box Elder Pass, about 17 total miles into the trail. It was really windy all over the canyon when we set up camp but it calmed down at night.

Water was scarce, with most springs/creeks on maps being dried out - we filled up at Davenport Canyon and then South Willow Canyon where there were campgrounds and full creeks. After that there was only one other water source for the rest of the trail.

No snow at this point in the season, and luckily it wasn't terribly hot, but there were some sections of exposed uphill that were not pleasant in the middle of the sunny day. A lot of the trail is shaded, with gorgeous tree sections particularly on the second half. Lots of wildflowers. Really beautiful all around! Didn't see many animals other than cattle and deer, but be on the watch for snakes on the exposed sections.

Both trailheads require high clearance vehicles to get all the way up to them - if you're driving a small car be prepared to park farther away and extend your total hike.

Didn't see too many people on the trail, mostly some dirt bikers and a few trail runners on one section - other than that we had the trail to ourselves!

Good resources we found were the huge map we picked up at the DNR in Salt Lake (REI did not have the map we needed) and the trail information and pdf's on tooelecountrytrails.com.