"Box Canyon" Mount Rainier National Park Things to Do Tip by glabah
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What started as a small crack in the ground has now turned into one massive narrow canyon, though which the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River flows. Only a few meters / yards wide, the canyon is over 100 feet (30 meters) deep in places.
From the parking area along the Stevens Canyon Road, there is a short loop of a trail that wanders along the small, flat plateau through which the canyon cuts. The main part of the trail is a little steep in places but is still fairly easy to negotiate. The trail crosses the canyon on a wooden bridge at the north end, and at the south end there are sidewalks on the road bridge over the canyon.
There is a short trail on the south side of the road that goes to an observation area as well.
Several longer trails connect to the parking area here as well. This is the section of the Wonderland Trail that goes up hill to the ridge known as the Cowlitz Divide, and in the other direction the Wonderland Trail goes into Stevens Canyon, as well as connecting to a small picnic area just uphill along the road.
WATCH CAREFULLY FOR AUTO TRAFFIC HERE!!!! There is a tunnel right next to the bridge, and unfortunately visitors do not watch anywhere near as carefully as they should for pedestrian traffic crossing the road to the trails. Many of them also go far too fast for the blind curve and crossing area created by the tunnel.
Address: Stevens Canyon, Muddy Fork of Cowlitz River Bridge
Directions: Approx. 8 miles / 15 km from the Stevens Canyon entrance to the park, or about the same from the junction of the various roads that connect at Paradise.
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