Boulder River Waterfall Trail

Darrington, Washington

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A gentle trail, smooth and level enough for small children, takes families comfortably through old-growth forest beside a glacier-fed river in the Boulder River Wilderness. A magnificent destination is the spectacular wall-curtain waterfall at 1.25 miles. A bit beyond, an open area by the river makes a pleasant camp or lunch stop. One particular reason for preserving this valley as wilderness is that it contains one of the few remaining low-elevation old-growth forests. Foresters estimate the age of some of the trees at 750 years. All along the path are awesome old-growth Sitka spruce, silver fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, and Douglas fir. The accompanying mosses, ferns, berries, shrubs, and flowers are samples of what, before logging, all the low-elevation North Cascades valleys were like.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A gentle trail, smooth and level enough for small children, takes families comfortably through old-growth forest beside a glacier-fed river in the Boulder River Wilderness. A magnificent destination is the spectacular wall-curtain waterfall at 1.25 miles. A bit beyond, an open area by the river makes a pleasant camp or lunch stop. One particular reason for preserving this valley as wilderness is that it contains one of the few remaining low-elevation old-growth forests.

Foresters estimate the age of some of the trees at 750 years. All along the path are awesome old-growth Sitka spruce, silver fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, and Douglas fir. The accompanying mosses, ferns, berries, shrubs, and flowers are samples of what, before logging, all the low-elevation North Cascades valleys were like.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 950 feet
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 77 Oso, No. 109 Granite Falls; USGS Meadow Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Boulder River Waterfall Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/9/2010
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Spectacular hike! Beautiful falls and well-maintained trail. Fairly easy-going for the 1st 1/2 of the hike w/level ground while the last 1/2 is a bit rocky with moderate incline. We brought our 1.5 year old in a back pack and I felt fairly safe for most of the hike. There is a drop off on one side of the trail so if you do bring your children they will need to be watched closely. FYI: the 4 miles on French Creek road to the trail you are on a narrow, gravel road with a ton of deep pot holes. It's tough on your vehicle. (drop off on one side for those who get nervous w/heights)


4/30/2006
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For a trail that is only a few miles off the highway, this was truly gorgeous. The mossy trees and old growth was beautiful, the falls were spectacular (full of water at this time of year), and the trail was easy enough that our 2.5 year old hiked at least a mile on the way home. Very nice lunch spot at the base of the falls.



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