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Box Canyon Loop

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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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Kennewick, Washington
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310 reviews 310 reviews
71 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
105 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
64 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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120 reviews 120 reviews
64 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a short easy walk, it will take you 10 minutes at the most with stopping taking pictures and looking around. You walk across this very narrow, but high canyon. It's quite breathtaking and surprising since it's just off the road. Once you do the loop, make sure you cross the road back to the parking lot and walk... More

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Maryville, Tennessee
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149 reviews 149 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Short loop to see the amazing canyon and the power of water. Worth the short hike and not many people on the trail.

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