Boulder Cave Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain257ft
Trailhead Elevation2,468ft
Elevation Min/Max2468/2654ft
Elevation Start/End2468/2468ft

Boulder Cave Trail

Boulder Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Yakima County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2,468 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 257 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Old River Road.

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Day Hiking Mount Adams and Goat Rocks (The Mountaineers Books)
Tami Asars
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"Boulder Cave is a place of wonder, deep darkness, and interesting geology. Kids and adults alike will love standing inside and pondering what lives in the depths surrounded by the chilly walls. Locate the very popular trailhead near the parking area and begin walking up the pathway toward the cave. Dogwood, lupine, and ponderosa pines guide you up the paved trail to a wooden platform overlooking Devil Creek canyon, the culprit responsible for the cave. This cave is home to the very rare and sensitive Townsend’s big-eared bat."
Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"Hike through the east-side transition-zone forest to the upper entrance of Boulder Cave. Then descend through a short but very interesting cavern to its mouth. From the trailhead the route climbs gently southwest, through open ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, tamarack (western larch), and grand fir forest. In 0. 2 mile you will pass a reader board describing these trees, and on a short spur trail to the right is another reader board that discusses fire scars. A few yards farther along, there is a path to the left that goes to a platform and viewpoint overlooking the nearly vertical cliffs of Devils Creek Canyon."
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"Mother Nature sometimes provides unique treats for kids, and this is one of the best examples: a deep basalt gorge to explore, with a dark 200-foot-long cave/tunnel, so cold that on a hot day it feels like you’re stepping into a refrigerator. The day we were there children from two families, ages three to twelve, were having fun listening to their echoes, exploring the tunnel, and throwing rocks into the pool. The last we saw of them they were happily investigating other caves. Boulder Cave is the official name, but since you can walk through it, you could easily call it a tunnel. Be sure your family has a flashlight or, better yet, two or three, because the inside of the cave/ tunnel is dark."

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Great trip for the whole family. Took my kids and they had a blast just as I did when I was a kid. If possible go on a nice sunny day, the lush forest is the brightest and darkest of greens, gorgeous flowers and if you're lucky some wild strawberries to pick at.

You must bring flash lights and bring as many as you can so that everyone in the group can have one. Bring a jacket too except for the hottest of days (and we have hot ones) as it can get cool in the cave.

The Trip starts in a nice parking lot up a gradual and not demanding trail. Soon enough you start coming down and can spot the caves. The caves are nice and taken care of ..once in the cave you you can get off the path and roam a bit.

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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Old Scab Mountain No. 272
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