This route takes the hiker south of Box Elder Peak and to a saddle on the peak's south side. There is no distinct trail from this saddle to the summit.
Distance to summit: approximately 3.5 miles
Elevation gain: @4,300'
Special features: nice forests of aspen and pines at lower elevations.
Caution: this route is quite steep in many sections. It is not dangerous, however.
Follow directions on the earlier Getting There section to the Granite Flat Campground.
Begin at the TH at the north end of the Granite Flat Campground, area C. Several wooden signs identify the trail as Box Elder 044. Climb through an open meadow, ascend numerous switchbacks in a generally westerly direction and pass a fallen log cabin structure (the 2-mile point). Another sign points to the right for White Canyon; take the left fork. Descend into Wide Hollow and ascend the drainage west to arrive at a grassy saddle. The summit of Box Elder Peak looms 1,000' above you to the north. Climb as much on the ridge leading to the summit as possible; stay on the west side of ledges and look for game trails. Distance to the summit from the TH is about 3.5 miles. Elevation gain @4,300'.
No special gear is needed in the summer. Late fall hiking means mud and muck on shady sections, sometimes ice or snow.
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