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Box Canyon  

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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

42 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Box Canyon:
Man Muncher   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ammo Dump Wall
Downloader   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ammo Dump Wall
Devil's Plaything   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ammo Dump Wall
Maple Pickles   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ammo Dump Wall
Pasties and a G-String   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Impact Zone Wall
Watermelon Sugar   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Ammo Dump Wall
Grip Tease   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Impact Zone Wall
Lucky Boy   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Impact Zone Wall
Towing Jehovah   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jehovah Wall
In the Meantime   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ammo Dump Wall
Brown Hole   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 60'   EFS Wall
Gong Show   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 75'   Cobble Roof
Bolts Not Bitches   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Impact Zone Wall
Cobble in the Sky   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Arch
Ammo Dump   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Ammo Dump Wall
Jesus Freak   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Jehovah Wall
Loser   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 70'   Cobble Roof
Sluggo   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Ammo Dump Wall
Shoot Em' Up   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Ammo Dump Wall
Kiss The Cobble   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Cobble Roof
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Loser 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  UT : 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

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Entrance to Box Canyon, Maple Canyon, Utah
Entrance to Box Canyon, Maple Canyon, Utah
keith investigating
keith investigating
looking back down the canyon
looking back down the canyon

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By Brian in SLC
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.
By Corona
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.
By Leif E
Oct 13, 2014
I took some pictures of a couple with their dog from Oregon during this summer in Box Canyon and forgot to get an email, if this was you shoot me your email so I can send you your pictures