Boulder River Trail

Trail No. 734

Trailhead Elevation - 950'

JANUARY 29, 2006  - A Mountaineers hike.  It was cold and rainy when we left the trailhead on January 29th.  The trail travels along the Boulder River through a magnificent old growth forest, past three beautiful unnamed waterfalls within the first 1 1/2 miles of the trail. Boulder Falls itself is heard but not seen, other than a glimpse through naked trees during the winter and early spring.  The early part of the hike was uneventful, and we stopped for a lunch break where several conveniently located logs lined the trail at a bend in the river.  After lunch we continued to hike towards the end of the trail but turned back where a bridge had collapsed where it crossed a rather steep ravine, we guessed less than 1/4 mile from the end of the trail.  On the return trip, Joanna tripped on a slippery, wet tree root and severely sprained her ankle.  Janice and I hiked out to the trailhead with two hikers who happened to pass our way to call Search and Rescue, and were shortly joined by Dawn, who hiked out with Blair shortly after we left.   It was decided to send the three of us home, and we gladly went, because it was 36 and raining at 4:00 p.m.  We later heard that Joanna and the remainder of our group reached the trailhead safely at approximately 1:00 a.m. the following morning.  Joanna was ok, but her physical activities were strictly limited for at least a month.