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punchlineNice Fall Colors .... and Smoke?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2010


Not sure if the haze was pollution or smoke from the fires last week. Took 043 up from Deer Creek then on the descent took 188 down (about 0.5 miles before the saddle) then across White Canyon and connected with 044. Great to beat the afternoon heat this way as you stay in the trees and shade a lot more. Not sure if 188 is a new trail but it didn't show up on any of our maps but it was mentioned on trailhead map.
Posted Sep 26, 2010 9:55 pm

jdw10Box Elder Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010


06/26/10: Successful summit via Deer Creek trail and North Ridge route. Climbed with my 7 year old son Cole. This was his first true summit. He did an amazing job.
Posted Jun 29, 2010 2:40 pm

ZeeJayNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010


6/21/2010 From Granite Flat CG via the Deer Creek Trail #043 and the north ridge.

5/30/2010 WMC hike led by Mike Berry who forgot his ice axe and used the ice scraper/snow brush from his car along with a helmet LOL.

2/3/2009 Started from the Tibble Fork Winter TH in American Fork Canyon. Walked the snowmobiled road to the Deer Creek Trail. Stayed on the trail for awhile and then at a convenient place around 7300' dropped down to the creek bed and followed it almost to the saddle N of Box Elder. At about 9100' climbed N out of the gully and ascended to the ridge between Box Elder and White Baldy. Followed the ridge S to the summit of Box Elder.

6/23/2001 Started at Granite Flat Campground with MM. Did a loop including 10057, 10626, and Box Elder. Went up the S ridge and down the N.
Posted Jun 21, 2010 6:02 pm

Pfeiffer75Steep  Sucess!


Climed on the 4th of July in 2009. Pretty steep on the final spur ridge
Posted May 10, 2010 12:24 pm

builttospillBox Elder  Sucess!


Hiked this one from the Granite Flats campground area. A nice hike--really quiet, even in the summer.
Posted Jan 27, 2010 3:55 pm

Ammon HatchDeer Creek   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2009

Ammon Hatch

Climbed with Matt Van Horn
Posted Sep 8, 2009 12:16 am

kteichertOne Great Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009


Summitted this magnificent peak this morning via the Deer Cr - Dry Creek Tr. No. 043. We started around 5:15 am and reached the summit at about 9:45 am. I only know that since I took a pic with my camera phone at 9:50 am, consequently the exact same time I took pics of Lone Peak 4 days earlier. I know, Twilight Zone stuff right? I took my dog, Ginger, with me on this hike, along with my wife, and good friend. It was a little chilly near the top, and Ginger dug a hole to curl up in near the summit cairn. So if you see a freshly dug hole near the top, thank Ginger. It was an absolutely amazing hike and Box Elder offers some spectacular views of surrounding peaks.
Posted Sep 2, 2009 8:19 pm

aprovanceVia Deer Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009


I had the morning off work so my buddy, his wife and I decided to hike Box Elder. We started up the road from Granite Flat Campground at 5:15am and reached the summit via the northeast ridge right at 9. The views north were great, unfortunately due the the wildfire down in southern Utah, the views south and east were pretty hazy, but it was still beautiful. The huge cairn I'd heard about is now just a pile of rocks... kinda disappointing. We made it back to the truck in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Beautiful day hike!
Posted Sep 2, 2009 4:02 pm

JonFinchGreat way to spend a holiday  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


Had the day off work and decided it was a perfect day to go on a hike. A buddy of mine had always wanted to hike Box Elder so it was a natural choice. We ascended via the Deer Creek trail and northeast ridge. We had a blast even though the summit was socked in with clouds.
Posted Aug 19, 2009 9:18 pm

GahugafugaN Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009


Ascended via Deer Creek on a perfect summer day. There were a few lingering patches of snow on the steeper portion of the summit ridge, otherwise the trail was dry. Can't wait to ski this one.
Posted Jun 30, 2009 2:56 am

spengyFun Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009


I meant to take the Deer Creek trail but I got confused in Granite Flats and took trail 044 by mistake.

Nevertheless, it was a nice hike. There is still a fair amount of snow in the drainage below the south saddle. I met some folks who actually intended to climb this way. They were more prepared than myself, with crampons and ice axes. They slid down after they were done on the summit.
Posted Jun 27, 2009 8:32 pm

ericwillhiteCool Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2008


This is a fun scramble. Went up north ridge, wanted to come down south ridge and climb the south peak and one below that but I ran out of time...had to be home by 10 a.m. Trip report, map and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/wasatch/box_elder_peak/american_fork_canyon_198.htm
Posted Jun 18, 2009 6:18 pm

Bruce ChristensenStormy
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009

Bruce Christensen

We headed up the Deer Creek route this morning and found the snow a little soft down lower, but pretty solid up higher, with a fresh coat of 4 inches or so on top of that. Thunderstorm clouds were looming as we were about to gain the ridge, and we decided to turn around.

It was cool to be up there, though, because the entire valley was cloud-free all morning, despite clouds visible over the ridges and off in the distance to the east and over toward Timp.

Took snowshoes, but didn't put them on. Probably would have used them up higher.
Posted Apr 25, 2009 5:50 pm

highpeakskierWinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2009


Its has been 3 years since I last made this summit (Summer). I determined that the next time would be in the Winter. After several failed attempts, I finally made it. With friends Stan and Colin, started from Tibble Fork parking lot, ascended the NE face, skied a lap about 1500 vertical ft. Climbed back up, traversed west to gain the ridge, made the summit at about 3:00 p.m.. With Stan in the lead, we descended on skiis via the North Cirq.( A "DO NOT FALL" zone), skied out Dry Fork trail to the trail head.
Posted Jan 18, 2009 3:53 pm

byatesNeed to get back.  Sucess!


i can't believe I havn;t done it sine 94.
Posted Dec 7, 2008 11:27 pm

jareds2nd time's a charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


got skunked by snow and out-of-shapeness earlier in the year, got my revenge this time.

hail and lightning made me think it wasn't going to happen but the weather had good pockets so it worked out.
3:40 up(2 hours to the saddle, 1:40 to summit) and like 3:20 down. That counts breaks and lunch and photo time.

saw a scout troop close to the saddle, alone the rest of the time.

fall leaves are starting, it was really pretty.

this is the best view of any of the peaks i've done so far.
Posted Sep 22, 2008 1:19 pm

jekyllmanRoute: Granite Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2008


Straight forward climb to the saddle/meadow (dont know the name) but after that it got hairy. Started later that I would have liked and so lost the trail easily. Got confused because there were 3 options at the saddle and doubt I chose the right one. Ended just going up and eventually got there but it was way steeper than expected. Reached the summit at 11:30pm and had great views of the whole Lone Peak area. There's a 6-7' rock cairn at the summit, not sure if it's always there, but it was chill. Descent was sketch, got lost again and ended up skiing down the rock slides/snow in the dark till we made it to a trail.
Posted Jul 9, 2008 6:39 pm

vanman798Awesome Ski Tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2012


May 5, 2012 - Via Trail 44 to Wide Hollow and up the Sleigh Runner. Started at Tibble Fork Resevoir, as the road to Granite Flats Campground was closed. It took 30 minutes to reach trail 44. From the saddle between the Box Elder Peaks to the summit, via the sleigh runner took 40 minutes. Descending back to the saddle only took 15 minutes!

March 20, 2010 - Skinned up from Dry Creek to the NW Cirque. Climbed the ridge on the east side of the cirque and followed that to the peak. Took six hours. Skied down the NW Cirque -- very rewarding tour.

June 21, 2008 - Via Trail 44 to Wide Hollow and up the Sleigh Runner

Lpollock, Jordan, and I started at Granite Flats Campground on trail 44 which took us into Wide Hollow. We snow climbed up Wide Hollow to the ridge, and then skirted around to the Sleigh Runner Gully on the SW aspect, ascending that to the peak. The Sleigh Runner is a fun glissade down. We summited in 3 hours 45 minutes, and descended in 2 hours 15 minutes.

Click here to see the glissading down video.
Posted Jun 21, 2008 7:44 pm

JDrakeDry Creek up and back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008


Took the Dry Creek Canyon trail from Alpine. Water was flowing great; waterfall was really smashing down. Made our way up through the slushy snow to the saddle and headed up the north ridge. Soft snow made for extra time on the ascent, but made for great fun on the decent. Still lots of snow between roughly 9000 to 10,300. Great views, could not find the register?? Rock cairn is as tall as I am!
Posted Jun 18, 2008 12:19 am

seanpeckhamDeer Creek and Dry Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010


Entry for June 8, 2008:
I finally got around to climbing this spectacular peak! My friend Jane and I took the Deer Creek trail from Granite Flat to the pass and then followed the north ridge to the summit. Conditions ranged from T-shirt/shorts weather to cold and windy on the summit, and wallowing up to our knees in soggy snow, to crampon grade surfaces (glad to have those in a few places). The top part was rocky, unless you got too close to the cornice, which I might have once and punched through to my horror. We added an extra ~800' vertical to the trip to glissade the southwest face and return to the summit to go back the way we came (couldn't find a way back to the TH from there that wouldn't have involved lots of heinous bushwhacking). Great fun, beautiful day, and no other human beings sighted (except the hordes at Tibble reservoir)

Update for March 20, 2010:
Skinned up from the Dry Creek Trailhead with vanman798, and skied the NW cirque. Awesome day!
Posted Jun 9, 2008 2:57 pm

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