Boundary Springs Trail is a 5.1 mile out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 475 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

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8 months ago

soooooo pretty. the forest is bouncing back from the fire and there are beautiful purple flowers this time of year. stay off the edges of the trail because they fall pretty easy. great, easy hike with a beautiful fairy-like ending. no problem with bugs!

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8 months ago

Mainly posting a review because I read some of the other reviews and people claim you can bring your dog. In reality as you enter the part of the trail that takes you into Crater Lake National Park it is clearly posted that dogs are not allowed!!!!

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8 months ago

To the person who dropped a deuce 12 inches off the trail and 24 inches away from the first creek, didn’t bury it and left the pile of toilet paper... You’re Nasty, disrespectful, and if you can’t learn trail/backcountry etiquette then just stay home. People use these creeks for water sources. Other than that land mine this trail is nice.

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8 months ago

What a great hike! The trail begins at a pullout/viewpoint along Hwy 230, where it quickly descends into a burned-out forest that is quickly regrowing. It's a mostly flat hike, except for the small undulations when you drop down to the river and then climb back up. We hiked this on Labor Day weekend and saw about 5-10 other folks throughout our time. We also brought our dog, who LOVED the hike and swimming in the river each time we dropped down. Similar to the post a few down, someone left a giant turd RIGHT next to the stream, along with their used TP......give me a break, dude! Learn how to properly bury your crap and to avoid water sources. Other than that minor disgusting hiccup, it was an amazing hike. Lots of exploring to be had when you reach the actual headwaters.

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9 months ago

Did this trail last week and it was amazing! At the beginning of the trail there was regrowth from a previous fire. The river was beautiful and the springs were amazing. There were more hummingbirds near the springs than I’ve ever seen. Didn’t see anyone else in the trail. Seems like a hidden gem. No problems with mosquitoes. Was a pretty easy hike.

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9 months ago

Before I did this hike, I was not aware that the area had been burned in 2015. It was a unique experience, interesting to see how the forest is recovering. Lots of small growth and some very interesting fungi on burned out trees, etc. The headwaters of the Rogue were amazing, despite the burn. Not a difficult hike at all. A few good wildflowers, but mostly past peak. Quiet. Nobody was there.

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10 months ago

This is a unique experience, in that it all starts out with lots of burn areas and death and slowly you get to see so much green and the source of life. When was the last time you saw where a spring sprung from? Magical place to sit for a while. It’s worth a visit. Very hot please bring plenty of water and if possible don’t bring your dogs just because it’s too hot. Although there are plenty of spots in the springs for them to drink and splash around. This was a moderate difficulty hike and the trail was not difficult to follow. I’d come here again when it’s not as hot as it was today.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Awesome hike, but was recently burned by a couple wildfires. It is fascinating to see the forest return to life. The end of the trail, is the birthplace of the Rogue River. So interesting to see the water pour out of the dry hillside.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Great easy hike. Amazing to see the Rogue River coming out of the ground.

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Mon Aug 06 2018

Earlier posts and the USFS website are not accurate! The trail is open, clear and in great shape. Not a single tree was across the path. The Blanket Fire did a lot of damage in the area, including right around the springs, but, overall, the area is still beautiful. The area nearest the river escaped much damage, probably due to the moisture, and the rest of the area is a fascinating blend of healthy, blighted and burnt forest. Yellow Monkey Flower and Fire Weed were both in b full bloom along the river and on all the logs in the river. Hummingbirds were everywhere, and a lot of Dippers were in the water. And to top if all off, seeing such a famous and mighty river start almost immediately after coming out of the hillside was both humbling and impactful. The hike is fairly short, fairly easy and well worth the trip to get there.

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Fri Jul 13 2018

About a mile in the trail is closed due to the most recent fire. Not too much shade from tree cover, but the river/creek is very beautiful. Crystal clear water & nice flowing sound.

Thu Sep 21 2017

nice easygoing trail. well marked.

Tue Sep 19 2017

easy two hours thirteen minutes. middle of September. nice

Tue Feb 21 2017

love

Mon Jul 18 2016

The fire last year (2015) really did some damage but as you get to the end, and down to the river, it as green, and lush, as you could ask for. This is my second time doing this hike and I plan on doing it again next year to see how the forest has recovered. There are lots of mosquitos so, bring some good spray. If you don't want to pack in a lot of water, the river water is cold and delicious.

Mon Jun 27 2016

The other reviews do it justice enough. I'll just one important bit. BRING MOSQUITO repelant. My wife and son were bit a bunch. I think my wife got over 70 bites on her. I carried my 8 month old on my back the whole route. only in one spot had to pass her off to get around a fallen tree. It was a challenge being my first hike in years and having to carry a 25 lbs baby. Last year the fore burnt a lot of the surrounding area but right along the river it is very green and still looks amazing. Definitely use mosquito repelant before hand though.

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Sun Oct 27 2013

Boundary Springs is the headwaters for the Rogue River and is located in the northwest corner of Crater Lake National Park. The trailhead is outside of the park and is isolated from the normal paved roads and activity near the lake proper. We met one other person on the trail and essentially had the entire forest and the springs all to ourselves. This is a very nice quiet and isolated hike. The headwaters to the Rogue River are more an exit point to an underground river rather than what you typically envision as true springs. Although there were plenty of those around the area, the large amounts of water exiting from underground explained why the entire trail heads parallels a significant large creek/small river. I was expecting the river to gradually taper down to a small trickle by the time we got to the springs but that never happened. It's a little surreal looking at what seems to be a full rushing river come out of nowhere from the side of a large hill. I advise taking a good topographical map of this trail as there is one point approximately 0.6 miles from the trailhead where the trail sharply branches off to a hard left. If you are not paying attention you will miss this turn off the main trail. If you find yourself hiking in a direction with the river flow, you missed the turnoff. Presently there is a small sign on a tree wrapped in a small pink ribbon to mark this turnoff. The trail is essentially flat with a minimal overall elevation gain but there are the typical ups and downs of the trail as it parallels the Rogue River. Nothing more than 100 feet gain or loss at a time. We hiked this trail in late October but there was still plenty of water everywhere. A beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the low 60"s. Perfect for hiking.

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Thu Feb 21 2013

If you would favor indulging on the sight of the sapphire blue waters of Crater Lake, then Boundary Springs wouldnt be the hike for you. If you favor soaking in solitude at where the headwaters of Rogue River gushes out of the ground, then this is the hike for you. Logically, a hike to the headwaters of a river would bring you upstream. By chance, if you have come to your senses and realize you are walking downstream, you have missed the side trail that leads to Boundary Springs. Just double back and you will likely see the trail. My husband and I found the map and route description in guide books somewhat unclear. Taking along a more detailed topographical map would be helpful.

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