Boulder River Trail

EASY 249 reviews

Boulder River Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

scramble

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, there is a bit of a scramble down (and up).

20 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Waterfall was nice ....

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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!!

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail to beautiful waterfalls. The potholes going to the trail head are no joke, so if you have a truck or a vehicle that can handle gravel, dirt road use that.

9 months ago

Went this past Saturday and it was such a beautiful day! Got there around 9:40am and there were a good amount of cars. The trail is well groomed! It was a great hike and an adventure for our 4 year old! The waterfall is beautiful and it is a must to climb down to the bottom. Our trip was around an 8 mile round trip. Found a cute secluded area to have lunch by the water. Would definitely do it again! Happy we drove my Jeep though. The road to the trail has A LOT of potholes! There’s not way to avoid them so drive slow.

hiking
9 months ago

I went this past Sunday. it rained all day Saturday so the waterfalls were fantastic. The river was high and as equally wonderful. The trail was very went in places and incredibly muddy the further you went. I ended up doing seven miles roundtrip instead of eight. Can't wait to do it again! be prepared to go under trees and go over a few.
The road to the trail is pretty awful. be prepared to go slow. The potholes will swallow everything (small children, cars, etc). Don't let that discourage you.

10 months ago

3/27/2018

Great hike! Amazing waterfalls, beautiful mossy trees, fun bridges to cross, and is just gorgeous!
I would recommend going now thru spring so you can see the raging river and gushing waterfalls before they dry up by summer. Hike is mostly level with gradual incline, with a few steeper up and down inclines.
We only hiked 3/4 of the way today, as we hit snow towards the summit of the hike, and most of the beautiful scenery was where we were with not much better views towards the top.
The roads getting to the trailhead were nothing but potholes! The potholes can’t be avoided and take up the entire road; just drive slow and you’ll get through them. Definitely will go again!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome trail with some spectacular waterfalls!

11 months ago

02/22 The recent snows make getting to the trailhead unlikely for anyone who doesn’t have 4WD or chains and a bit of clearance. The potholes are pretty brutal, I doubt a car would make it even without the snow.

As for the trail, there’s 8-10 inches on most of it with a decent boot path. An otherwise easy hike is made a little more difficult in the snow, the up side was that I had the entire place to myself :) I got a late start and didn’t want to be hiking back in the dark, so I can’t attest to the reward at the end. However, I was rewarded with a number of large, partially frozen waterfalls along the way, as well as other pretty sights. This is one I’ll definitely come back to when I have more time or once the snow has melted.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Super easy but immensely enjoyable trail with options to venture into mildly more demanding actions, like going down the the shore of the falls. I took two kids; 10 and 8 years old with me and they loved the Falls and seemed to find the difficulty of the trail in line with their desires.
Tried to go nearly a year ago and got stuck in snow on the slightly perilous drive to the trail head. So it was nice to finally see this one today.
Population traffic was healthy but not Rattlesnake Ledge absurd.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

nice hike, awesome falls....especially in a downpour. worth going for a rainy easy hike.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Great easy walk. The falls are nice and are pretty early on. Light crampons would have been helpful for several slick spots but mostly easily doable in regular snow boots. Lots of potholes on the road leading to the trailhead.

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