Box Elder Peak Climber's Log

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seano - May 3, 2013 5:38 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2013

Deer Creek  Sucess!

Hiked up the road from the lake, then up the trail. Dropped straight off the east side for a sweet glissade, worth it despite some crappy bushwhacking below. Note that the apparent cliff band has a narrow couloir cutting through. Mini-trip report.

andrew david

andrew david - Feb 14, 2013 8:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2010

Panoramic  Sucess!

Excellent views from the top of many Wasatch Peaks. The climb up is not near so interesting as one expects looking at the peak from the North, where it resembles a blown-open volcano.


utahjimk - Nov 9, 2011 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

utahjimk  Sucess!

with Wasatch Mt Club group.


PrinceOfNorway - Oct 31, 2011 11:37 am Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2011

Happy Halloween on Box Elder  Sucess!

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!


runbyu1 - Sep 13, 2011 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

September Saturday Run  Sucess!

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!

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn - Aug 21, 2011 9:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011

Steep  Sucess!

8/20/2011 With Joe Bullough from White Baldy and back to Red Pine

9/07/2009 with Ammon Hatch

Joseph Bullough

Joseph Bullough - Aug 21, 2011 10:08 am

Climbed twice  Sucess!

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.


yadahzoemtn - Jun 20, 2011 9:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2006

Conditioning for Rainier  Sucess!

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
07/27/20: MIchael and Brent


Mooner - Oct 29, 2010 4:22 am

Up I Go

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


EJBean - Oct 10, 2010 2:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2010

A favorite peak

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.


punchline - Sep 26, 2010 9:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2010

Nice Fall Colors .... and Smoke?  Sucess!

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.


jdw10 - Jun 29, 2010 2:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Box Elder Peak  Sucess!

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.


ZeeJay - Jun 21, 2010 6:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010

Nice hike  Sucess!

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.


Pfeiffer75 - May 10, 2010 12:24 pm

Steep  Sucess!

Climed on the 4th of July in 2009. Pretty steep on the final spur ridge


builttospill - Jan 27, 2010 3:55 pm

Box Elder  Sucess!

Hiked this one from the Granite Flats campground area. A nice hike--really quiet, even in the summer.


kteichert - Sep 2, 2009 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009

One Great Hike  Sucess!

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.


aprovance - Sep 2, 2009 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009

Via Deer Creek Trail  Sucess!

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!


JonFinch - Aug 19, 2009 9:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009

Great way to spend a holiday  Sucess!

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.


Gahugafuga - Jun 30, 2009 2:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

N Ridge  Sucess!

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.


spengy - Jun 27, 2009 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

Fun Times  Sucess!

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.

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