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Boulder River

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member




Hiked May 6, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road rough but passable


No bugs


Snow free

The hiking grandmas hiked all the way to the river campsite, so if you need info on that here it is. Other than that, this hike has been covered pretty extensively. Road, bad, my Crosstrek did fine going slow, VW Jetta at TH, so sedans OK, don't bring the Masarati. We ran into the WTA crew and talked to them for a bit. Emily wanted info on a blowdown further up the trail, so we were suddenly committed to hike a bit further. Blowdown at 3 1/2 miles or so, big, I had to scoot over on my tummy, legs outstretched. By that time we decided, heck  let's just hike all the way to the end. I wanted to check the mileage, as there seems to be a discrepancy in map vs GPS. My old map put it at 4.6, new map (GT MLH) at 4.8. Watch GPS read 4.8 coming and going. Other than the Big Blowdown, no problems except lots and lots of mud and many little streams to cross. Past 3 miles, the old log bridges are rotting with RR spikes just sticking out waiting to be tripped over, we went thru the mud. The end is a nice place for lunch or perhaps a nice little backpack. If you hike past the 'Picture Falls', hike up to the next one I'm calling Hidden Falls, it's a pretty little falls seen thru the trees. Interestingly, on the drive out we saw a ranger LE talking to some people at the loo. They had shot casings on the hood and the guy talking to the ranger sounded like he was drunk. I was really glad to see LE up there and perhaps a bit of prevention saved my car! No pics of the falls, everyone else has posted them anyway.


ngie on Boulder River

Beautiful flower pictures :))!

I’m sure Emily appreciated the intel. She really likes bucking with an axe :).

Posted by:

ngie on May 06, 2021 09:25 PM

Muledeer on Boulder River

Yup that thing was huge, it will likely need to have steps and handholds cut out, lots of swinging a sharp tool

Posted by:

Muledeer on May 09, 2021 07:56 PM