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Box Canyon and Nickel Creek

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
46.7657, -121.6350 Map & Directions
Length
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
150 feet
Highest Point
3400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

Looking down into the Box Canyon. Photo by oldwhiner. Full-size image

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. Continue reading

  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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Hiking Box Canyon and Nickel Creek

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.

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Box Canyon and Nickel Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7657, -121.6350 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Mount Rainier National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

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

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

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