Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Boulder River Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
snow
22 hours ago

April 20, 2019: Road is 2wd accessible, though high clearance recommended not due to potholes but rather a couple repaired sections of road that dip way down. As stated by previous reviews, trail is very steep overall with a few really stupid parts, and is mostly in decent shape until the creek crossing, after that it really does look like some kind of goat trail. Something to consider: this trail has a heavy root and rock presence for pretty much its enitirety which makes for a slick trek during the wet season, especially the roots! There were a few snow patches after the creek but we hit actual snow 1.7 miles in, and that's where we decided to turn around. I would only do this hike again if it's dry.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Tons of water on the trail! Definitely bring waterproof boots!

hiking
21 days ago

Lovely hike!! Rewarding view of Whitehorse Mountain & a mine you can enter.

hiking
blowdown
snow
29 days ago

Went on 3-23-19, trail was in mild disrepair. Most likely due to the recent winter storm. Only made it up 1/3 of the trail due to excessive snow pileup. Nice trail, but, I would recommend packing snow shoes in the winter and early spring months.

on Old Sauk River Trail

1 month ago

Lots of snow

on Old Sauk River Trail

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow. no place to park. Bring microspikes

hiking
snow
1 month ago

I live this hike and have done it several time but we tried to get up to this trail yesterday. The road in has about a foot of snow and the rutts in the snow are solid ice. Made it in about 1/4 mile and even with 4 wheel drive, was slipping all over. We decided it was too sketchy to get into the train head. Will come back once the snow melts more. Be careful if you go up French creek road.

I really enjoy this trail but to me it is not easy trail. There are many obstacles.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Nice steady incline train. My kids (4&8) loved it, had a few streams to cross. The mine is at the very top and very cool! Follow the directions from Crystal down below and you will find it. We went Super bowl Sunday and it Started snowing close to the top. It was beautiful with all the moss and snow!

Sorry- not the greatest. No “end” to the trail like a waterfall or lake or top of mountain, just stops along the river.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I have done this hike a couple of times, once in the fall, once in the winter. Right now you need microspikes for the middle third and snowshoes for the upper third. This is a little used trail that was cut by a couple of mountain goats. It is steep and rough but the views are awesome. If you want to just get out without a crowd for 4 or 5 hours this is that trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful waterfall. The road is VERY bumpy, not recommended for small cars. Waterproof shoes are a must! Lots of down tress towards the end but if you're up for it you can get around them.

Beautiful trail with plenty of water features. Be prepared to balance hopping rocks if you don’t have water resistant shoes this time of year. The road on the way up is riddled with potholes for about 15-20 minutes but well worth it once you get there. Lightly trafficked on a Sunday. We saw maybe 6 other groups of people.

3 months ago

Waterfall was nice ....

This is a great trail. Lots of old growth trees. The trail is well kept, better than the road leading to it. Most of the trail shade covered

Great views of the waterfalls, water is flowing fast and hard. Beware of the road to the trailhead, it is full of deep potholes.

rock climbing
5 months ago

went up for the day with a long time friend and 2 dogs. great hike opens up to some creeks and high mountain waterfalls

12/11/18

hiking
6 months ago

We came up here with the kids (3 and 8) and our dog today. We chose this trail because of the reviews we read on here. This trail was kind of... meh. We got a late start around 4pm and the sun was already tucked behind the mountain. The river did play peek-a-boo a bit and there was a little sandy beach near the beginning which was exciting and fun. The trail was mostly flat and pretty easy to hike. There were a TON of different mushrooms which my daughters loved finding and describing. We weren’t sure when the trail ended but we stopped when we saw a sign that said Murphy creek this way ⬅️ and accessible loop trail trail that way ⬆️. So far we weren’t really impressed so we had some snacks then turned around. Overall, I felt the trail was kind of uneventful. Probably won’t be hiking this one again.

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic double waterfall a little over one mile in over easy terrain. A little past that it gets a little tougher with a few switchbacks up to another waterfall. At this point the trail continues on meandering through the woods before finally ending at the river. A nice 9 miles in and out with enough elevation gain to make it a workout. No bugs this time of year. Not too crowded; easy parking 11am on a sunny Sunday.

1.5 hours from Seattle
2.5 hours of hiking for 6+ miles

Really easy and flat, picked it because of the fall foliage. Lots of browns, greens and yellows. Not a ton of red. Plenty of overlooks along the river, not super crowded (maybe saw six other groups).

Very kid friendly. Very dog friendly.

We stopped by the Fosters pumpkin patch on our way back to Seattle, made for a great all day excursion.

GPS for the trailhead is spot on, well labeled. Great traditional, along the river hike, but probably won’t repeat again for awhile.

Nice

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is very easy in the beginning, first half of the trail is very rewarding with two waterfalls on the right side; but I don’t recommend to walk further than second waterfall. It was muddy, small path and once you arrived in the campground or the river , it is very standard!! and a lot of bugs :(
If I come back; I’ll just do first half

Overall hike was enjoyable. Beautiful scenery along the way, but no great payout at the end. A small-children version would be to hike one mile in to the double waterfall and follow the short trail down to the beach by the river and waterfalls.

hiking
8 months ago

Arrived around 2pm today, long dirt road with lots of pot holes. Very beautiful hike with lots of mini trails everywhere. The waterfalls were a little hard to find but other kind hikers let us know where to go. Would recommend to anyone and will be back again!!

nature trips
8 months ago

Magical afternoon along the river! Only one there, so peaceful and my dog especially loved being right next to the river, we both got in quite a few times! Easy lil flat trail and parking right off the road, no crazy long dusty potholey roads lol ;) Loved it!

Great little trial took 2.5 hours I'm not sure if the map is wrong or if the actual trail is gone but you still make it from beginning to end in 6.2 miles beautiful woodlands and river!

hiking
8 months ago

Arrived at 10 am on a Monday; only 2 cars in parking lot. Really nice views of river and forest. Will do again. Trail in great shape. Enough elevation change to be aerobic with no bugs. Very little water on trail, can easily hike in sneakers; suspect it's a different story earlier in season. As others have noted, access road needs grading, low clearance vehicles may have problems.

Very lovely hike. Absolutely gorgeous waterfall.

walking
8 months ago

Great hike for a beginner and families.

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