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Box Canyon and Nickel Creek

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
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Length

1.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.

Rating

3.20 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2013
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
 
 

This little stopover off the road that encircles Mount Rainier is a wonderful, short leg-stretcher with gorgeous views of the dramatic canyon of the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River, and a short hike to a box canyon — an unusual feature in this park.

From the small parking area off the Stevens Canyon Road, walk to a lookout over a gorge with a river pounding below it. This is the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River; not particularly muddy here, but plenty dramatic.

This short jaunt might leave you wanting to see more. If that's the case, turn around and head across the highway. A paved path in front of you leads to a bridge in less than half a mile. Cross the bridge, stopping to admire the river crashing through the box canyon below.

Across the bridge, turn left, and head back a short ways to the highway. Cross it, and turn left, walking a short distance to return to where you started.

 

Box Canyon and Nickel Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7657, -121.6350 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Mount Rainier National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

Getting There

Drive the Stevens Canyon Road to where it crosses the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz. Look for a small parking lot with restrooms and a kiosk and pull in. The trail to the box canyon starts off on the other side of the highway.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
 

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