Backpack - Boulder River


Backpack - Boulder River

This easy overnight backpack (8.6 miles RT, 700' total gain) travels along the Boulder River to river side camps. Along the gentle grade are waterfalls, old growth forest, and the tumbling river.

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  • Tue, May 26, 2015 — Wed, May 27, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Boulder River Trailhead, Tuesday, May 26, 10 A.M.   Carpools to be arranged once the roster is set.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 Backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

This weekday trip is designed with the beginning backpacker in mind.  Low mileage and elevation gain gives us time to focus on pace, gear, camping, and cooking.  Let`s expand our B3 Demo Day food station conversations!  Along the way we`ll enjoy old growth forest, water falls, and the tumbling Boulder River.  On day 1 we`ll hike 4.3 miles and gain 700 feet in elevation on a well maintained and gently sloped trail up the Boulder River valley.  We`ll have lunch by cascading waterfalls, then proceed to our riverside camps.  At camp we`ll practice using our gear and creating tasty meals.  Day 2, we`ll enjoy a leisurely start and retrace our route to the trailhead, returning in the afternoon.

Expect some small stream crossings and a 1 ½ mile pace, with plenty of time for pack adjustments and snack breaks.  Weather is unpredictable, so bring warm layers and raingear.  Assistance with gear selection, food planning, and gear sharing will be included in leader emails prior to the trip.  The trip may be moved or canceled if weather or trail conditions are unsafe on the trip dates.  See the Washington Trails Association website  Boulder River for more hike description and driving directions to the trailhead.


Boulder River

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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