Went out and hiked to the top of Boney Mt yesterday. Agree with folks who point out this is not a moderate trail once you pass the "monument". A few items I would point out for first timers to this hike as follows 1) When you mapquest the address for the trailhead you end up at a road that is for authorized vehicles only. So we backtracked to the end of Wendy and folks there pointed us over to the State Park parking lot off of Lynn Road; 2) Starting at Lynn or Wendy appears to add about 8/10 mile round trip to the hike; 3) the trail marking was a little confusing and resulted in about 2 miles of backtracking. Biggest mistake we made was to turn at a fork that was labeled Old Boney Mt trail - don't do it - keep going to and past the "monument" which is identified on the fork in the road. 4) Once past the monument it's a pretty strenuous climb up several thousand feet on a trail that is in rough shape.
So with all this said it was an awesome hike. We ended up going between 12 and 13 miles in about 5 hours. The view at the top was spectacular although on the Pacific side it was overcast. I would note that my buddy rolled his ankle on the way down the hill so the warnings on other posts are spot on. I would have rated the hike a 5 if not for the trail condition in a few spots. Sorry for the long post - wanted to share lessons learned!
Tough but great workout. 2 hours up from road below Ranger Houses to the peak. 20 min on top for fried chicken and buddy's home brewed IPA (first time in MANY years I had a beer at 8:30 am). Back down in 1:40 with some trail jogging. Started at 6:30. 30-min - 1 hour earlier next time would be better. Parts of the trail really work calves and heart rate. Maybe the Overlook is moderate, but the peak should be labelled hard. Wonder why AllTrails doesn't have the summit hike listed. I would guess it is closer to 10 mi out and back.
tough trek up with some nice views, especially at the top. getting there is not scenic however. I'd rate it difficult after doing it now for 3rd time not sure why rated so low. 9.2 miles from dirt lot and over 2000 ft climbing in a trough or gutter for some of the way. going down is tough in joints too.
ive now done this trail a bakers dozen times. its a solid 6 hr out and back with a little rest on the peak. my girlfriend did it in running shoes and peaked... cursing under her breath... but did it.
great training hike and absolutely beautiful at the top.
Hannah K. on Boney Mountain Overlook Trail
I am a very unexperienced hiker and survived this hike! It is fairly easy until you get to the cabin (head towards the danielson monument) then you just keep going past the cabin and things start to get interesting. Needless to say my boyfriend loved it, lots of stepping/climbing up on rocks and carved dirt ruts. I was using both hands to get me up some parts but didn't slip much going up. Once at the top the view is spectacular! The trail is beautiful too, and much of the higher parts were untouched by the springs fire. If you keep venturing you can climb boulders :). We did this in our running shoes and didn't have too much of a problem besides our feet being sore! It does get a little gravelly on the way down but if you're careful you'll be alright. I slipped a few times but just took my time and it turned out just fine. We went through about three bottles of water but if it was any hotter we probably could have gone through more. I definitely recommend this trail! Just follow the signs to the danielson monument. Happy hiking!
This is a great hike overall, though 7.5 miles is a little under. My track put me at 8.8, with 2500' of gain which includes the few hundred coming back towards Satwiwa. This I would also say is more strenuous than moderate. Once you get to the old cabin site it becomes quite rocky and rutted, however still very passable and enjoyable. There is many spots where you get nice cool ocean breezes, but once you about 1/3 of a mile past the cabin, there isn't much shade anymore so bring sunscreen, lots of snacks/lunch, and a ton of water. I went through three liters, which was just about right. Great views on your way up, and even better at the top!