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Boulder River

North Cascades

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Hiked Apr 29, 2009

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Muddy or wet trail.
It was a great mild spring day and perfect for my first mountain hike of the year. The weather was mostly cloudy with occasional sprinkles but the sun did peak out now and then. When I arrived at the trailhead it was busy with 6 other vehicles joining mine. I came across all the hikers on the trail but had no trouble finding solitude when I wanted it. Not long after starting down the trail I found the sound of the river and was soon seeing it throught the trees. The spring thaw is on and the river is running fast. The rivers green water quickly becomes white and frothy as it clears the many rapids and rocks that are found here. The trail itself was easy to pass for over two miles. All the blowdowns have been cleared out. Wet in places and slightly muddy in others I had no trouble gettting to the two waterfalls found along the trail. After the second fall the trail became messy. A few inches of snow covered the trail in places and while easy to cross it made it very wet. I also started running into mudholes. Once I saw skunk cabbage growing right along the trail I found a spot on the river to rest before turning back. I'm not sure how far up the trail I went but I know I made it past the half-way point. Be sure to wear your boots until this place dries up a bit more.

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