Entrance to Box Canyon, Maple Canyon, Uta...
Probably the most popular location in Maple Canyon, the Box Canyon area is located in a very narrow canyon whose mouth is located just north of the road (on the right side when driving upcanyon). Because of its narrowness and its north-south direction Box Canyon is cool and shady almost all day.
There are a handful of moderate routes here (particularly at EFS Wall) but the majority of the dozens of bolted routes are 5.12 or harder.
Note that Box Canyon is privately owned and as such access is at the pleasure of the landowners. Do your part to preserve access and be a good citizen: no dogs, be considerate of others (especially hikers), and definitely leave Box Canyon and head for the campground toilets when nature beckons.
Drive .8 miles from the mouth of Maple Canyon where the paved road turns to dirt road and park at one of several pullouts. The canyon mouth is dark and obvious from the road.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Box Canyon:
Featured Route For Box Canyon
: Maple Canyon
: ... : Cobble Roof
Less powerful than the other routes on the Cobble Roof, but still bouldery. The classic 5.13a... in the Box, seems a bit stiff for the grade.Start up somewhat insecure vertical climbing for a couple of bolts. Where the angle steepens move right then up into an undercling then jugs, finishing with a big move to the first horizontal. You can rest here or if you are a knee-baring master use the next hole to rest in. A couple of moves takes you up to that hole and a knee-bar off of a smooth cobble. ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Entering Box Canyon.
Just after entering Box Canyon - follow the canyon...
|By Brian in SLC|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 15, 2011
I've recently seen a fairly large number of fixed draws in the Box. Not sure, given the status as private land, how cool this is as its a visual impact for sure.
Does anyone know if the land owner is ok with fixed draws? If not, maybe they should be removed?
Hate to see access in this neat area gone.
Sep 1, 2011
Good point. The (ostensibly climber-friendly) landowners at Roadside Crag at the Red River Gorge claimed that the unapproved addition of fixed hardware was one of the biggest reason for their decision to close the Red's most popular crag. Worth considering.
|By Jeremy Steck|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 12, 2011
I'm also concerned about the amount of dog crap that develops in this canyon during the summer. It's all washed out now due to some of the recent heavy rains, but for a while in the middle of the summer, that place was starting to get pretty gross. I think most climbers are pretty good about leaving the canyon to tend to business, but all these little things can lead to a potential closure if we are not careful. The Box is a great place to climb, it would be a shame to lose it.