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Day Hike - Stevens Canyon in Mt Rainier/Reflection Lakes to Box Canyon

Stevens Canyon in Mt Rainier/Reflection Lakes to Box Canyon

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Martin Way Park and Ride
For this hike we will give 2013 Wilderness Skills first preference. Leader will make exceptions. Following the Wonderland Trail, this route explores the floor of Stevens Canyon, and along the way, you'll find a number of waterfalls along Stevens Creek and its tributaries. The trail is broad and generally well maintained, though the 2006 storms took out some of the bridges and washed out one section of trail. We will begin the hike at the Reflection Lake parking area and arrange to shuttle vehicles to Box Canyon parking area, where the hike ends about 7 miles further into the canyon. Return to the trail at Reflection lakes and begin hiking along the road, in and out of more heavily trafficked areas for about 1.2 miles then descend through open forest on the Wonderland Trail for about 5.75 mile to reach a bridge over Stevens Creek. Experience lush, moss-laden forests surround you on this section of the canyon with some natural diversity due to canopy openings, storm damage, valley stream bottoms and the geology of the canyons. Visit Maple Creek Camp, Sylvia Falls, Unicorn Creek, Martha Falls and some great views of the canyon. At the bottom of Steven’s Canyon we must head back up hill for about a mile to Box Canyon parking/picnic area we have left the cars earlier in the day. More interesting views and interpretive displays await at Box Canyon. This should not be your first hike of 7 miles. Although the trail is mostly downhill, the conditions are demanding, the day will be long and the final mile uphill to the cars is long. Good physical condition is a must.
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