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Box Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,594'
Location: 39.5551, -111.6752 View Map  Incorrect?
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Box Canyon is privately owned. MORE INFO >>>


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

64 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Box Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 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
Point blank   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 50'   Ammo Dump 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
Cobble in the Sky   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Arch
Midwife Crisis   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   Jehovah Wall
Bolts Not Bitches   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Impact Zone Wall
Freaking Jesus   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Jehovah Wall
Jesus Freak   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Jehovah Wall
Deceptacon   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jehovah Wall
Ribonucleic Convulsions   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jehovah Wall
Loser   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 70'   Cobble Roof
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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Featured Route For Box Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon Mavko climbs Shoot 'em Up

Shoot Em' Up 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Utah : Maple Canyon : ... : Ammo Dump Wall
Shoot Em' Up is a very challenging route with great rock, and thought provoking sequences. Large, pumpy moves lead to a tough boulder problem, a hard clip, and the crux- a difficult lip encounter.Personally, this route felt hard for 13a. Regardless of the grade, this route epitomizes maple- fun. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

Photos of Box Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: keith investigating
keith investigating
Rock Climbing Photo: Inside Box Canyon
Inside Box Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: looking back down the canyon
looking back down the canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Entrance to Box Canyon, Maple Canyon, Utah
Entrance to Box Canyon, Maple Canyon, Utah

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By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
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 Leify Guy
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
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Jun 8, 2015
Maple Canyon Alert! The land at the mouth of Maple Canyon as well as along the road before the Forest Service sign is private property. The landowners have asked that if you want to park or stay the night on their property that you give a donation of $8/night and $3/day. There are donation boxes. You can also call to reserve a spot on the private property at 435.851.1486. Please respect this private property and use the restrooms in the upper canyon for now. Note that car camping in day use parking spots is NOT allowed in the upper canyon on the Forest Service property.
By maddie :)
Jul 14, 2017
I found some climbing gear when i was hiking Box canyon yesterday. Email me at tell me what you are missing and hopeful i can get that back to you.

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