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Box Canyon Loop

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A smooth, scenic trail stretching less than a mile in length: this easy hike is perfect for all...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A smooth, scenic trail stretching less than a mile in length: this easy hike is perfect for all members of the family.
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Snohomish, Washington
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Most travelers driving up the Stevens Canyon Road to Paradise even give Box Canyon a glance as they pass by. Big Mistake! If you get out and walk this very short (less than a mile) loop trail, you will be rewarded by a spectacular view of a deep and incredibly narrow gorge, cut by the Cowlitz River. There is a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Don't miss this hike when you are in Mt Rainier National Park. It is less than a mile and takes you up a short hill where you see Mt. Rainier in the background with large, smooth rocks covered with a deep green moss in the foreground. Takes your breath away! You then walk toward a bridge that crosses the river... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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346 reviews 346 reviews
77 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Most people only go to the viewpoint/interpretive part by the parking lot. If you just stroll across the road and go in 1/4 mile there is an excellent example of glacier scouring, a wonderful view of Rainier on clear days and a bridge that allows you to look right over in the canyon gorge.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We stopped here twice during our visit to Rainier. It's just the perfect place to get out of the car and take a little walk. There's something about all that misty, cool air rising up out of that deep canyon that makes you feel super.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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106 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A quick and easy walk to an overlook. The muddy fork of the Cowlitz river has carved this gorge. The sheer force and volume of water is incredible. Well worth the 15 to 20 minutes.

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Seoul, South Korea
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This is one of my favorite parts of the park. It is easy to find. After you get there and park you car, walk half way across the bridge and look down. It is simply amazing.

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San Diego
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This trail takes you to many areas that have rushing water coming off the mountain. There are several trails within this one that make for a very pleasant experience in the woods.

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De Soto, Missouri
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63 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Short loop trail along a sharp chasm. Fun little break in driving and unique views. Very pretty area.

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Marysville, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The box Canyon Loop is a short hike around the box canyon ravine that is nice with good views, but not good views of the mountain. It is worth the stop because of the unusual depth of the narrow slice of a canyon wall that you cross. Also I liked the nearby tunnel cut out of shear rock.

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Alameda, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Another pleasant surprise in Mt Rainier National Park. So interesting to see where the retreating glacier etches the stone. Cool vegetation that seems to grow right out of the rocks. Awesome rushing water, it's hard to resist the urge to toss your sunhat in....

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