Boulder River


Feature Show Falls dropping into the Boulder River, photographer, Nels Rasmussen, D.C.


Boulder River is not a large river and at onetime was referred to as Boulder Creek.  The headwaters of river start from the snowy peaks of Three Fingers Mountain & Mount Bullen at about an elevation of 5,000 feet.  This swift river flows down the steep mountain slopes & at just about 7 miles become a tributary of the NF Stillaguamish River at an elevation of 536 feet.

Boulder Falls, photographer Aaron Young

A large portion of the Boulder River flows through the rugged country of the Boulder River wilderness and is famous for its waterfalls and the Boulder River Trail which takes you along the river.  During this hike you pass the Pre-Show Falls, Feature Show Falls & Meditation Falls.  Early on this trail you will hear the rumbling of Boulder Falls as the river
drops 40' down steep cascades.


Boulder River & Feature Show Falls in wintertime, photographer Kim Brown

The Boulder River Trail starts off on an old railroad grade left behind from the bygone days of the Boulder Railway Timber Company
built back in1909.  This trail is a lower elevation trail making it a good four season hike to discover the beautiful Boulder River as it changes from season to season.  Always check road & trail conditions before heading out on a winter hike.



To get to the Boulder River Trail & waterfalls from the Darrington Ranger Station drive 8.2 miles west on SR 530, turn left (south at mile post 41) on French Creek Road, FSR #2010, drive 3.7 miles to the Boulder River Trailhead.  The total length of the hike is 3.5 miles.