Some hikes are worth repeating all throughout the year and for me, Boulder River Falls is one of those. The first time I experienced these massive waterfalls was a few years ago, when my husband took me there for our anniversary. We hiked, ate lunch and relaxed together- kid free. At that time, it was incredible to me that something so beautiful is easily accessible to us and yet, we’d never gone there before. I guess that’s how I feel about most of our hikes. How can the world be so amazing and yet, many people aren’t out enjoying it? Saturday our hiking group headed to the falls and then on past, for about 10 miles total. We stopped mid-way, drank cocoa and ate hot soup. It was a rainy day, but we dressed for it and had a wonderful time. There were also quite a few trees over the trail that required climbing over, but it was totally doable. The path mostly follows along the Boulder River, which makes this a really pretty and enjoyable hike. The main falls are only about 1.5 miles in, so if you’re looking for a shorter, but very rewarding hike, this would be a good one to do! There is some elevation gain towards the beginning, but it’s not too bad.Since the first time my husband took me here, I’ve been back three more times. Once with our kids during the summer (you can see pictures of that trip here) and two more times with our Ladies Hiking Group. The falls are always different depending on the season, so this is a great hike to enjoy year round.
Here’s the Who, What, When, Where and Why for Boulder River Falls:
Who: You, your friends, husband, kids or your dog. This hike is for everyone. There are a few drop offs along the trail, where you’d want to hold the hands of younger ones, but other than that, take everyone!
What: Incredible waterfalls, huge old-growth trees, and a gentle climb.
When: This hike is wonderful year-round, unless the snow level is very low. You can always call the Darrington Ranger Station to verify road and trail conditions.
Where: North Cascades, off of Hwy 530, out past Arlington. Grab the directions here.
Why: Because as long as your body can move, you should move it and as long as you live in an area like this, you should experience it. Get out and unplug with friends and family. You’ll come back stronger, happier and better than when you left.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ― Anne Lamott