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Best trails in Boulder River Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Boulder River Wilderness, Washington? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Boulder River Wilderness ranging from 1.9 to 8.8 miles and from 534 to 3,100 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Boulder River Wilderness
Park information
Acreage:
49343 acres
Contact
360-436-1155
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Boulder River Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
The waterfall is unnamed, which is surprising considering its height and beauty. The trail up to the falls is an easy hike, but once at the falls, if you want to get down to the base of the falls, thShow more
#2 - Three Fingers via Goat Flats Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 8 h 20 m
Please note: the road is blocked off at 8 miles from the trailhead. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Show more
#3 - Old Sauk River Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Old Sauk River Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#4 - Mine Road Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Mine Road Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walShow more
#5 - Mountain Loop Highway
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 52.7 mi
The Mountain Loop Highway is paved for 34 miles (55 km) from Granite Falls to Barlow Pass (2349') where the highway becomes unpaved for 13 miles (21 km), and then paved again for the remaining 9 milesShow more
#6 - Eight Mile Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
Eight Mile Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#7 - Kelcema Lake Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 23 m
10-26-2019 - The road is now open but it is not good for small cars still. There is still lots of loose gravel and easy to get stuck.Show more
#8 - Neiderprum Trail to Whitehorse Mountain
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 9 h 2 m
Neiderprum Trail to Whitehorse Mountain is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The traiShow more
#9 - Green Giant Buttress: Dreamer and Giant Tears Route
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Green Giant Buttress: Dreamer and Giant Tears Route is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The traShow more
#10 - Marten Creek Trail
Boulder River Wilderness
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Marten Creek Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number oShow more