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 36º 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.