Hiking the PNW: Boulder River Waterfall


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Hiking the PNW: Boulder River Waterfall

I recently  read an article stating that Washington State hadn’t had a sunny, moderate day since OCTOBER. I mean, I may have let out a huge “HEH” and went about my business after reading what some people may find shocking, but that doesn’t mean I was okay with it! When we get sun around here, we make the best of it. So with two very excited girls, we left home first thing sometime in the morning to set off on our next family adventure!

The Boulder River Trail is located near Oso, about 3 miles off HWY 530. It is about 8.6 miles total round trip, but the waterfall is only 1.25 miles in, making for an easy 2.5 mile hike round trip. Perfect for the littles!

Fair warning: The road leading up the trail head is potholes galore. Our Subie handled it pretty well, so if you have AWD you really shouldn’t have anything to worry about. And if you don’t, just don’t cruise through them as fast as Michael did…

As of 03/18/17, a huge tree had fallen over the last part of the road, about a quarter mile from the trailhead. We were able to climb over it fairly easily, but it definitely adds a few extra steps onto the trip!

The hike starts out with pretty much no elevation gain. Had was able to keep up just fine. There are various little creeks and a couple bridges to cross, which kept her interested. The trail follows pretty closely to the edge for quite a bit, so be sure to use caution if you’re hiking with children or animals.

Had just loved climbing on all the big rocks! The elevation doesn’t pick up until at least half way through, and even then there are stretches of level ground so you aren’t stuck on a hill the entire time. 

Hiking gals! I’m actually really surprised on how well the girls did on pretty much their first hike. (Hadley had been a couple before, but never anything this big.) And although Had was good about walking along with us most of the time, let’s just say that Riv wasn’t the only one who got to hitch a ride.

The last third or so of the trail follows right along the river, providing a nice and relaxing ambiance. 

Hideaway Hadley!

The waterfall was absolutely gorgeous. It’s really flowing this time of year! There are a few paths that lead down to the water, but we didn’t want to risk slipping or getting the girls all cold and wet. 🙂

There is also a nice little spot up the trail a piece that’s perfect for a lunch break or just admiring the falls. 

Cuties! This hike is great for people of all ages and abilities, and we will definitely be going back. You can read all about the Boulder River Trail here.

Until the next adventure!

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