White Canyon Loop Trail

HARD 5 reviews
#17 of 20 trails in

White Canyon Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly 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.

7.5 miles
3,106 feet
Out & Back


cross country skiing


nature trips





no dogs

Branch off the Box Elder Trail (which circumnavigates around the south end of Box Elder summit) and head northwest. This trail is one of the least used in the area, but it is generally easy to follow. The trail moves along the east and northeast slopes of Box Elder crossing several moderately steep faces as you work towards the wide box elder saddle.

15 days ago

Tough trail, rock, dirt, fields, forest, you get it all. The app says 7.5 but we clocked it at about 8.5 or so. Some amazing views so worth the effort. The Jeff side of the loop is much tougher than the right side, where we saw several other hikers. Must be commonly used by horses as we dodged several piles of horse poop along the way. Great hike!

2 months ago

Goal setting out was the complete loop. Made it to the saddle 2 3/4 miles from trail head. My daughter 15 and companion fantastic 45 yr had some issues the last mile. The grade gets and continues to be steep and rocky. I had heavier ankle high hiking boots and they had low ankle approach type shoes, wear heavier boots suggested do to rocks and uneven terrain. 3 liters water and liter of Gatorade type used each of us. Also had protein type bars and string cheese. Exposure sunny and some Sade with a breeze on and off. Sun and altitude be sure to wear sunscreen. Little snow at the white rock slide near the top but no problem. Earlier start would have been best. Left around 245 and returned 8. Be sure to drive up into the camp ground to the actual trail head and park and hard to read map posted. Trail is strenuous and rocky as described and was easily to stay on, nice waterfall about half way. Enjoy! Would like to get to the top of Box Elder peak and finish the loop.

11 months ago

Started on the Dry Creek Trail. Great views and lots of wildflowers on the back side of Box Elder. Trail gets pretty interpretive between the Dry Creek and Box Elder trails.

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