Three narrow spires--North, Middle, and South Peaks--known collectively as Three Fingers anchor the center of this Wilderness. Boulder River, the primary drainage, runs northwesterly from a north-south ridge that rises to a high point of 6,850 feet on South Peak. South Peak is also home to an old, precariously perched fire lookout. The high central ridge bears a narrow saw-toothed profile with several sharp summits, which include Liberty, Big Bear, and Whitehorse Mountains and Salish and Buckeye Peaks, all above 5,600 feet in elevation and flaunting sheer faces that attract rock climbers. Several steep and heavily wooded ridges thrust out east and west from the central crest of the Wilderness. Alder, willow, devil's club, and other brushy plants (encouraged by as much as 100 inches of annual precipitation) make off-trail travel tremendously arduous. Climbers often wait until winter, when snow covers the brush. Along the river you'll find ancient trees: Douglas fir, true fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Some old trees have reached beyond 100 feet in height. Black bears, black-tailed deer, and elk inhabit the forest, with mountain goats staking out the rocky shelves above the tree line. The great central core of the area remains rough and trailless. A short trail extends up Boulder River for 4.3 miles through old-growth forest. Three short trails climb toward the high crest and peter out. Another trail crosses the northeast corner of the Wilderness over Squire Creek Pass, with outstanding views of the high crest. Total trail miles come to about 25.

Beautiful trail, unique waterfalls, but the road to get to the start of the trail is terrible. Want to hike this again so badly but don't want to put our car on that road.

on Old Robe Trail

14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Took my 2 dogs with me and they enjoyed it as well. There was a huge tree down that made it difficult to get to the 3rd waterfall but other than that it was great!

Nice trail, however this trail was closed off after a mile or so in, due to landslides. Loved being able to hike along the river. Beautiful scenery, great for all skill levels. Dogs welcome on a leash. Lots of roots, rocks and trees to cross over. Even a few pretty waterfall along the way.

Enjoyable hike with impressive waterfalls. Trail starts out wide, but narrows significantly which makes passing others on the trail difficult. I'd definitely come back and camp next summer

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail today but quite a few people on the trail. There were a few that wanted to cut the switch backs. As I had my dog, jumping over all the trees was quite a chore and like others said you can only go so far. Might have gone to the tunnels but with a large dog it was getting kind of difficult for him. Other than that it was a quick hike and the water was beautiful.

We took our 6 and 8 year olds. Fun for everyone. Loved hiking around the "creekbanks"...

Nice secluded hike, with little in & out traffic or inclines. Perfect for beginners, kids & dogs. Well maintained trail following the Sauk River. Perfect for a calm day hike!! Enjoyed the trail & beautiful scenery.

Fun trail. Single file hiking at times. It was closed at tunnel 5 so didn't venture past that with two kiddos in two. Mostly Ok with the kids, but the 5-year-old had to be carrier at times. Beautiful water!

hiking
3 months ago

Made it all the way to the tunnel. Shaded. Great hike on a hot day with a chance to cool off in the water. Switch backs and washouts make it a moderate hike but lots of fun with the kids and dog.

The trail was great, however, the three mile drive to the trailhead is awful. Horrible potholes on a narrow road so it's difficult to avoid them.

We only went to the first waterfall because we had so many littles but the trail was great and we went down to the waterfall and it was beautiful! My 3 year old made it all the way there and back.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

love this trail! very pretty views and lots to see.

Nice easy hike. The waterfalls aren't too far into the hike and worth visiting. Continue on across a bridge and you will see a down tree over the water, this is s very nice place to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

So fun. It was totally magical. I'm 4.5 mo pregnant and we went as a family with my husband, a 5 year old, and a dog. More than a nature walk but definitely challenging and adventurous enough to be interesting for everyone. We found a little beach just before the first tunnel and climbed down to cool off on our way back. Butterflies, wild raspberries, and most gorgeous scenery. The tunnels are spooky fun for all and the glimpse into the past is so very cool.

on Old Robe Trail

4 months ago