Pre-Show Falls

Pre-Show Falls in springtime during snow-melt, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Pre-Show Falls is the first visible waterfall on the Boulder River Trail  and is a easy hike of a little less than 1 mile with little elevation gain.  Pre-Show Falls is a delicate "Horsetail" waterfall lacing down a rock face on the opposite side of Boulder River along the trail making a single drop of about 130 feet.  Just a little further down the trail you will come to Feature Show Falls.  If you continue hiking about 1.5 miles you will come to the beautiful Meditation Falls.

Pre-Show Falls in late summer, photographer Martha Rasmussen

In spite that Pre-Show Falls is not a high volume waterfall it flows throughout summer and fall.  In many ways when it has been reduce to half its flow it is the prettiest as it follows the water worn rocks weaving through maidenhair ferns.

To get to the Boulder River Trail from the Darrington Ranger Station drive 8.2 miles west on SR 530, turn left at about mile post 41 on to French Creek Rd. French Creek Rd., Forest Service Rd. 2010, and will drive 3.7 miles to the trailhead.