Explore the most popular 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.

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.

hiking
muddy
snow
11 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
13 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
6 months ago

Great hike for a beginner and families.

hiking
6 months ago

Went all the way to the end of the trail terminating at the camp sites down by the river/creek. Nice hike, excellent water falls, double and a single. Parking at trailhead was over flowing when I left. Access road loaded with potholes which limits your speed. Bugs not so bad.

walking
7 months ago

It was a beautiful trail. Very easy to walk. My aging mother, and arthritic elderly dog, were both able to handle this trail with no complications. I would classify this more as a walk in the woods than as a hike, but the scenery was beautiful.

Beautiful hike. Easy for the kids (9,7,4 years old) with nice payoffs along the way. We saw a bear near the trailhead (from our vehicle) so be prepared.

hiking
7 months ago

Was absolutely blown away by how beautiful this hike was. I brought my two young cousins along with me (7 & 10) and they had an absolute blast, and no problems keeping pace.

There are, however, many points of the trail with steep drop offs on the side so keep an eye on kids! All in all a beautiful stroll through the woods that I will most definitely be returning to!..

Also be warned that the road leading to hike is unpaved with some potholes.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this hike! Pretty waterfalls. Took small kids and was a bit nervous at certain points where ledges were present.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Backpacked my 2 year old the entire 6 miles. Easy, minimal elevation. Beautiful views of the river most of the trip. Shady, sandy beach area towards the end where we stopped for lunch. Only complaint was dog owners not picking up poop.

Did this hike twice. First one early spring of 2017 and early in the season around February 2018. Still quite a bit of snow at the time, but the hike that much more beautiful. First half is the best part with a few waterfalls to oogle at, but after that it's a narrow and uneventful hike. Camped at the end by the river with enough room for a few tents or hammoks. Easy hike with no snow, moderate difficulty with snow.

Exactly what you expect of Washington waterfalls and scenery. The hike was beautiful! It is quite a long drive down a dirt road to get to the trailhead, but definitely worth it.

Trail was great almost no mud. Is pretty long and many parts further down the trail are VERY over grown so it feels like at some points your walking through a mini jungle haha.
Overall great the best views are at the beginning of the hike which might be why it felt longer.

Hardly any traffic but quite a few campers on the trail.

Also the road to the trail head is rough

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