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.

We drove 2 hours to get here and it was worth it!! What a beautiful place! We took 4 kids ranging from 7-13. They all loved it! It took us about 3 hours to hike. It was a little much for my 62 year old dad but he accomplished it and feels great about it! We will definitely be back!

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
29 days ago

Warning: several car windows were smashed in at the trailhead. We decided not to stay because of it. Very disappointing because we planned to backpack in and stay the night. I did call the police to report. So sad for the 5 or so cars that were vandalized.

hiking
29 days ago

fyi there are 4 cars with Windows smashed out at the trailhead parking, we opted to not stay

nature trips
1 month ago

Rad trail. Perfect weather. Double waterfall. Got here with my dogs around 330, everyone was coming down for the day, so it was perfect! Didn't do the whole trail but made it to the most important part! We well be back to conquer the whole trail next time! :)

It's so beautiful here! If you're looking for a challenge then look elsewhere, but if you just want to see a couple pretty waterfalls and have a nice walk this is a good spot.

Loved it!

kid friendly. my two year old had a blast.

It was a Good hike. No switch backs. the end of the trail is a surprise..

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

easy trail, great for all levels. The beauty when you are out there is indescribable. This will be a regular trail for us to visit.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy day hike. The best part is the first set of waterfalls about a mile in (be sure to take the path down). The only down side was the last .6 miles were so overgrown we didn't make it to Boulder Ford Campsite. The 3+ mile dirt/gravel road to the trailhead is very pot hole ridden so drive slow. If you have kids or older dogs, it's a great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We loved it. Beautiful hike and easy for the kids. There is a tree down in one spot that you have to climb over to get to the falls. The waterfall area is gorgeous!

hiking
2 months ago