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Boulder River Trail

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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. This is a relatively easy, popular hike off the Mountain Loop Highway, so WTA crews visit this location annually to repair any damage it has sustained during winter storms.
  • 8.6 miles, roundtrip
  • Gain: 700 ft.
  • Highest Point: 1550 ft.

Driving directions:

From I-5 take Hwy 530, signed for Arlington/Darrington to exit 208. Exit right toward Arlington. Stay on 530 through Arlington. 23.6 miles from I-5, turn right onto French Creek Road, just after milepost 41. Follow French Creek Road on good gravel to its end at the trailhead. There is parking for about 15 cars. There is a vault toilet a mile in from the turnoff on French Creek Road, but no facilities at the trailhead.