Peak 11305 (The Box)

Elevation: 11,305 ft
Prominence: 325

Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 252 of the book.


The Box sees a fair amount of climbing activity. This page contains photos of this beautiful peak and information and photos for two additional route descriptions. USGS Grays Peak

Rick Baugher reports that this shot is of "the East Fork Wood River trail just before it switchbacks right to gain the predipitous Johnstone Pass. Straight ahead is the The Box on the Pioneer crest. The upper section of the Southwest Rib Route is on the left skyline. Part of the serrated Box-Johnstone Pass ridge is also visible." Rick Baugher Photo

The East Fork Wood River trail just before it switchbacks right to gain the precipitous Johnstone Pass. Straight ahead is the The Box on the Pioneer Crest. The upper section of the Southwest Rib Route is on the left skyline. Part of the serrated Box/Johnstone Pass Ridge is also visible.” Rick Baugher Photo and Commentary

This shot of the Box was taken from Big Basin Peak (note its shadow in the foreground) and "shows the peak's distinctive stripes." Rick Baugher Photo.

This photo of The Box was taken from Big Basin Peak (note its shadow in the foreground) and shows the peak’s distinctive stripes. Rick Baugher Photo

This shot shows the Box from a spot near Johnstone Pass. Rick Baugher states that "most of the gentle looking east ridge involves 3rd Class climbing over granite slabs and blocks. 200 feet below the summit the route crossesa light gray limestone forming a 25 foot band of 4th Class climbing. Rick Baugher Photo

This photo shows The Box from a spot near Johnstone Pass. Rick Baugher states that “most of the gentle-looking East Ridge involves Class 3 climbing over granite slabs and blocks. 200 feet below the summit, the route crosses a light-gray limestone forming a 25-foot band of Class 4 climbing.” Rick Baugher Photo and Commentary


Nathan Cuvala provided the following route information and photos.

My friend Brian and I climbed Peak 11305/The Box in the Pioneer Mountains. We found a Class 2 route up that was a nice scramble. Follow Rick’s route as described in the book from Upper Box Canyon Lake but, at around 10,900 feet or so, there is a rock ledge that cuts across the face. You can take this to the South Ridge for an easy scramble to the top. Attached is a picture of the beginning of the rock ledge and another picture of the route we took.

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This is another route that is not in the book. Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke provided the following route information. See their article on the Missing Eleveners in the Climbing History section of this site.

West Face, Class 3

Leave the Johnston Pass Trail [(B)(1.a) on Page 258] at the base of the pass and continue up the East Fork of the Wood River to the cirque below the summit.  Ascend a gully to the West Face and up to the top of the South Ridge.  Follow the ridge to the summit.

The Class 3 gully route on the west face of The Box.

The Class 3 gully route on the West Face of The Box.


George Reinier’s photos from his climb of the route in the book.

The Box. George Reinier Photo

The Box. George Reinier Photo

The upper reaches of the Box. George Reinier Photo

The upper reaches of The Box. George Reinier Photo

The Box

Working up toward the face. George Reinier Photo

Climbing the face. George Reinier Photo

Climbing the face. George Reinier Photo

The summit.

The summit of The Box.

 

Winter panorama of the central Pioneers from the summit of The Box. Matt Durrant Photo.

Winter panorama of the central Pioneers from the summit of The Box. Matt Durrant Photo

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Year Climbed: 1979

Longitude: -114.08159   Latitude: 43.7351

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