I started out on the Deer Creek trail head and probably took some wrong turns as I ended up north of the mountain. I ended up traversing the saddle and going up the north ridge to the summit. I was dressed as a mountaineer for Halloween. Was probably a good thing since I was on the mountain. There was plenty of snow on the east and north facing slopes with a cornice already formed on the summit ridge. It was very cold on top, or I'm not used to it yet. Probably 20 degrees with the fierce wind. I even saw 3 moose!
Brian Beckstead and I ran up from the Deer Creek Trailhead. The trail was in pretty good condition and DANG that ridge gets steeper than expected in a few spots...we resorted to power hiking much of it although we did run down the whole thing. We were just under an hour and a half up and about 50 minutes down. Sat on the summit for nearly an hour just taking in the views of Timp, the Alpine and Cottonwood ridges, and the absolute solitude. Never saw a soul on the summit trail despite it being memorial day weekend. Crazy. I took a 10 foot butt slide on the steep ridge coming down as well as a pretty monster turf about 1/2 mile from the finish...bled from just about everywhere. Let's you know you're alive!
8/20/2011 With Joe Bullough from White Baldy and back to Red Pine
9/07/2009 with Ammon Hatch
8/20/11 - A long traverse from White Baldy. Crossed a boulder field from hell on the return back to Red Pine.
8/28/04 - Ascended south ridge then descended the north ridge. Had trouble staying on both trails. Saw 30+ mountain goats.
07/20/06 Last conditioning hike with Kim before taking off for Rainier.
06/14/14 Organized WMC hike to the top. Winds were cold. Group of ten very strong hikers.
08/04/17: Another beautiful day on this Mountain
09/07/18: Michael and Jim K
09/18/10 Deer Creek #043. 3 hours to go up and down
09/10/13 Deer Creek #043. 3 hrs 5 mins up and 2 hours and 25 mins down. I love the fall color up there
I've been on the summit twice, but in many, many failed attempts, I've hiked every documented trail around this mountain. Love the geology.
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.
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.
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.
Climed on the 4th of July in 2009. Pretty steep on the final spur ridge
Hiked this one from the Granite Flats campground area. A nice hike--really quiet, even in the summer.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.