Bradley Ridge Trail to Boulder Creek Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idlelyd Park, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
An overnight backpacking trip through the Boulder Creek Wilderness. The effects of a 1996 fire can be observed. This Wilderness area was burned in a 1996 fire that makes this hike all the more interesting as it wanders in and out of affected areas. Burned stands of trees and seemingly untouched forest sit side by side in some cases. Those with an interest in volcanic geology will be interested in the volcanic origins of this area.
We hiked a 4.2 mile out and back side trip during our Pine Bench hike starting at the western edge of Pine Bench and ending where the trail crosses Boulder Creek. This trail is not used much and was quite overgrown with plants and stickery blackberry bushes. Most of the hike is through a forest of Ponderosa Pine that survived a fire in 1996. In fact, most of the Boulder Creek Wilderness was a victim of this fire and you can see in long distance views how the forest is recovering. Many charred trunks. The signpost to the old abandoned Perry Butte trail can be seen along this section. During July and in this drought year Boulder Creek was still running a respectable flow and the temperature was still cool. There is NO ONE out here. A great hike if you want to be alone.
Hikers should be aware that there is construction going on in this area with a Fish Ladder. Some of the trails are closed until November 2011. My 3 star rating is based on this fact and not the quality of the acutal hike.