The Pine Creek Box Trail is a 16.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, Utah and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,489 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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scramble
8 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Went about 4 miles in and had to cross the river 13 times each way. We did this trail early May and river crossings were about knee deep and the water was cold Beautiful trail. Can be hard to follow at times. I’ll be back to do the whole trail for sure!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked upper to lower 9/18/19. About halfway down the trail was buried in loose sand. This made the walk out much more difficult with sand clinging to wet boots. Talked to someone that did this trail last spring and sand was not there, washed down from summer rain.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great trail. We did the two vehicle shuttle and started the hike from the top. You enter the beautiful canyon right away. You stay next to the creek the whole time. Trail is easy to follow and you cross the creek many many times. My gps show more than 10 miles one way. But so worth the time. Canyon walls never quit

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10 months ago

I’ve visited the Boulder area 5 times and this is one of my top hikes. We took two cars parked one at lower box and started at higher box so we didn’t have to hike back to the car. So beautiful! You start in a pine fresh mountain oasis and end up in ponderosa pine, (aka butterscotch heaven) aspen sand land. I love that you keep criss crossing the creek for a nice cool off. Don’t wear boots. If you do this hike one way I wouldn’t even say it’s a hard hike. It’s downhill most of the time and there are parts you have to be careful and scooch on your butt. So worth it!

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

This is my new favorite hike in this area; possible in Utah too! There are amazing views the whole way through the canyon. The trail is easy to lose track of. But, the canyon is only 100 yards wide and the widest spot so it isn’t that big of a deal.

hiking
Mon Mar 04 2019

This is a beautiful empty hike and would be even better had there not been drifts of knee deep snow to hike through. We were alerted to this hike by the Escalante Outfitters as the Hole in the Rock road was so muddy cars were having to wait til the mud froze before they could leave the number of slot canyons along this road. As an aside - it’s a pity this important road isn’t managed better. This particular hike was hard due to the spring snow conditions with a crust that you continually broke through and then went up to your knees into snow - and then on the return journey had become a deep slush and in places deep water that was difficult to see and judge . The many river crossings were relatively easy in comparison as the thick snow made the water crossings unexpectedly easy. It seemed that the wind whistled down/up? the canyon so make sure you have some additional layers. This canyon hike has some of the most mature trees we’d seen and would be a lovely hike without the difficult snow. We had no difficulties reaching the trailhead in an All wheel car - the road was only slightly tricky in 2 places.

hiking
Fri Aug 17 2018

this is a beautiful, low trafficked gem we just finished hiking. bring lots of water!! it never gets too steep, but this will take you a good 5-6 hours with only breaks for water. you'll cross the creek 15-20 times going all the way up and back. there's no real end goal or location, just pretty scenery throughout. we were the only two on the trail and didn't see any footprints suggesting anyone else had been there in a while. right as the hike starts, cross the river or you'll go up the wrong canyon that's more like rock climbing that abruptly ends!

fishing
Sun May 27 2018

Great hike. made it 8 miles in and didnt see the other trail head and turned back. the stream is full of 9 inch Brookies, some rainbows, and apparently browns but I couldn't distinguish any of those from the brookies. the trail crosses the stream a lot, and is a very sandy trail. so expect it to be slow going through the loose sand, but it's a ton of fun and there's a lot of shade for breaks and such. only saw two groups over three days. not lots of camping spots away from trail so just do what you can to reuse spots.

Sun Oct 15 2017

Went about 4.5 up trail from south end. Lots of stream crossings, turned back when lost trail. Very nice hike until that point, if you don't mind getting feet wet. Saw another group at TH but no one else on trail. South TH easy to get to with 2WD. Consider long pants for the brush.

Sun Apr 30 2017

If you start from the top, it's real hot for the last 3 miles. If you start from the bottom, it's uphill. Some of the biggest pine in the forest are in this canyon and a very nice hike.

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Tue Aug 07 2018