Hike of the Week Fridays - Boulder River - Arlington

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

Entire hike is over 8 miles round trip with 700 ft elevation gain.  The hike to the two falls is about 3 miles RT.  We can play it by ear, foot and weather to determine how far we go.  We usually do 4 miles on our Friday hikes,

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/boulder-river

http://www.hikingwithmybrother.com/2011/05/boulder-river-trail-734.html

This is a hike along the Boulder River into its namesake wilderness. Young families will enjoy the gentle grade and views of the waterfalls crashing into the river from the steep banks opposite the trail, while those who continue along the up and downs to the trails’ end will be rewarded by a nice lunch spot beside the wild river.

The trail starts on a nice wide flat trail, once an old railroad logging grade. As you approach the river, you can hear the crash of Boulder Falls, but can only glimpse it through the trees. The bank is steep and there is no access at this point. Pass a nice camp spot and the Boulder River Wilderness sign in about a mile from the trailhead. Soon there will be a break in the trees, and the river can finally be seen.

Continue on a short distance and behold a beautiful double unnamed waterfall! Admire the dripping moss and bright yellow monkey flower between the two braids of water. Keep going and soon come to a short switchback. As you make your first switch, there on the left hand side is a huge old-growth tree made for hugging. Notice more old-growth now along the trail, saved by the wilderness boundary. Another waterfall awaits your camera further up the trail, so once you've hugged the tree, continue on. After the second big waterfall, at one and a half miles, the trail climbs away from the river. Although there are no mountain views, the forest here is still beautiful.

Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER

 
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.


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  • Kathy L.

    Days like this make Friday my favorite day of the week. Awesome hike with awesome hikers. Thanks everyone for coming out.

    1 · September 6

  • Scott D.

    what a beautiful hike on a perfect day for it!

    1 · September 5

  • Bev M.

    Thanks Kathy for today's beautiful hike -- and to everyone else in the group and their pups!

    2 · September 5

  • Diana F.

    How fun:-)

    September 5

  • Kathy L.

    Gonna be a nice day tomorrow. See you at Arlington food pavilion at ten am. If you are going to meet at the trailhead instead please let me know. Bring lunch, snacks and water in case we decide to go he distance. WTA is saying nw forest pass is required but I don't think it was last time I was there. If you have one bring it, if you don't I have a couple of day passes I can lend out. My cell is [masked] for those that don't already have it. Anybody wanting to carpool from Edmonds, I have room so let me know

    1 · September 4

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    I'll be coming from Issaquah if anyone wants to ride with me. I'll have a big, relatively empty car and would appreciate the company!

    September 4

  • Bev M.

    Hey Kathy, know I've asked this before on another hike, but are you OK with Ken, Cady, and I completing only 4 miles should the group decide on 8? We'll sign up but happy to drop-off if needed.

    August 28

    • Cindy

      We've already made other plans! Have Fun!

      September 2

    • Diana F.

      Sorry but I just found out I need to be somewhere for 5:00. Will have to bow out. Wish I had known before. It's for my grandkids.

      September 2

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