I thought this was a difficult hike. It only took 4 hours
up, but there was a lot of death-slide scrambling near the
end, I think we took the wrong route.
We went up American Fork Canyon to Granite Flat, we took the
Box Elder South Route Trail.
The trail begins in a beautiful forest and walks through many
open meadows. About 2 miles up, you get to Wide Hollow Overlook,
which looks south down a deep ravine. From here you need to
go right, towards an old cabin ruin. Follow this trail into
a meadow, look west, the peak you see is sub-peak 10,138'
east of Box Elder.
We went left at the fork in the meadow, we followed the trail
until it crossed the Wide Hollow drainage, then we cut straight
north and found another trail and followed it for a while.
When this trail ended the pain began. I would suggest staying
in the main drainage, and not trying to go up too early like
From the top looking south we could see a huge congregation
of mountain goats, I would guess about 30-40 individuals,
the most I've ever seen together.
We stayed on the top until about 9:00 , it got dark and we
had a hard time finding the trail (because there wasn't any).
Along the way we saw a strange tree that was growing in the
middle of the drainage, it had no branches or leaves, or sign
that it ever had any, it had a bulbous body that had grown
into it's self.
We walked through a boulder-laden trail, until we reached
a steep drop off of smooth limestone, I think this would be
an incredible waterfall in the spring if you can find it (60-100
feet high). We then backtracked, and bushwhacked up to the
trail, it was kind of hairy. Shane walked down the whole trail
without a flashlight.
My knees were glowing with pain.