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Boulder Lake Trail - Trinity Alps Wilderness, CA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,772 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4
Backpack Yes
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7  2017-05-27
Boulder Lake Backpacker
lojones5
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Aug, Jul → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Winter
Sun  7:30am - 4:44pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Foster Lake Loop
0.3 mi away
22.0 mi
5,600 ft
Poison Canyon
3.1 mi away
11.2 mi
4,000 ft
Sugar Pine Lake
3.3 mi away
12.4 mi
3,400 ft
Billys Peak Lookout
4.0 mi away
6.0 mi
2,900 ft
North Fork Coffee Creek Loop
4.5 mi away
13.0 mi
1,750 ft
Eleanor and Shimmy Lakes
5.4 mi away
7.2 mi
1,550 ft
Swift Creek to Mumford Meadow
5.6 mi away
14.0 mi
2,000 ft
Horseshoe and Ward Lakes
6.3 mi away
21.4 mi
3,600 ft
Swift Creek to Landers Lake
Swift Creek to Landers Lake
6.3 mi away
16.0 mi
3,400 ft
Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop
6.3 mi away
16.4 mi
3,500 ft
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Overview
Boulder Lake trail is an entry level hike into the Trinity Alps Wilderness, which takes hikers to a small secluded lake surrounded by ridges. Because of its relatively easy accessibility, this is usually a popular destination among hikers especially in the summer months after snow has melted.


Warning
If this hike is attempted too early in the year, the road to the trailhead may be blocked by snow banks (this happened to me Memorial Day weekend 2017). You can drive as close as possible (I was 4 miles from the trailhead), and hike from there on a scenic road leading to the trailhead. The trail itself could then be covered in snow, and you will have to navigate by map for the last mile as you hike over a ridge then down to the lake.

Hike
The hike begins on a small abandoned jeep trail, then follows a ridge line before climbing over the ridge and descended to the lake. The trail is a gentle hill the entire way until reaching the descent to Boulder Lake. Just before ascending over the ridge, it is possible to stop at Little Boulder Lake as a short detour before completing the route to Boulder Lake. Once at Boulder Lake, there are several options if you'd like to trek further. There are trails that lead deeper into the Trinity Alps, or you can take a day hike to visit the Lost and Found Lakes or climb Tapie Peak.

Water Sources
Water available in Boulder Lake. No water or facilities at the trailhead.

Camping
There are 4+ very good campsites around Boulder Lake. If these are crowded, you may also be interested in setting up camp at Little Boulder Lake.

lojones5

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    None


    Directions
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    Road
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Weaverville, take CA-3 N all the way past Trinity Lake. Take a left onto 37N53, where there is a sign mentioning Boulder Lake trail. Stay on the dirt road 37N53, until it ends at the trail head.
    page created by lojones5 on May 30 2017 8:46 pm
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