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Dec 18, 2012

by BigButtDon last modified Dec 18, 2012 06:59 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Boulder River
Region: North Cascades -- West Slope
Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Trails: Boulder River (#734)
Avg Rating: 3.76
Be Aware Of
Blowdowns
Water on trail
Snow on trail
Tree lovers trail
Its all about the trees. Why else would three geezers head out in the snow instead of playing on computers with a warm cup of jo? This was my third trip out here and I have yet to make the full 4.3 miles to the end of the trail. I spend too much time looking up.
The trailhead had a mere four inches of untracked white stuff which steadily increased to twelve 2.7 miles in. Regardless, the trail was in good shape with the only challenge being a fresh 18" diameter blowdown about 100 yards past the log bridge. Contacted the Darrington Ranger about that post hike but apparently its "ho-hum" on trail maintenance till the Spring. No worries.
About a half mile from the trailhead is a nifty little knob that pushes out into the canyon. A tight, rooted trail takes you up and out to the precipice. It was fun to hang onto a tree limb gazing straight down 100 feet into the roaring creek pondering the dynamics and survival chances of an accidental slip. Its an engineer thing.
Boulder Falls was pretty as usual but I expected a ton more flow since its been raining non-stop for 2 months. The river was certainly running heavier than the prior visits.
Its a sweet walk probably doable any time of year but being there in a windstorm would provide a serious laundry challenge. Those behemoth trees are layed down everywhere. Keep this trail on your low elevation hiking list - any distance covered is a joy.
Boulder Falls
The bridge before the blowdown.
Counting the rings
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