This was our second attempt to reach Boulder Creek Falls this year, and I'm happy to say that we made it this time! There are three major creek crossings that require walking through fast flowing water, and last time there was a bit too much to safely cross. The water was about up a little past my knees this time, so we were able to cross by carefully walking through. There was a running event going on with people running up to 50K to all the falls around Whiskeytown Lake, so we passed several runners during the hike--they would hardly slow down to cross the creeks! The falls are about as I remembered it from last year, but with more water. Overall it was a great hike, and I'm glad to have finally reached the falls this year.
After all the rain here, the creeks were flowing with lots of water. This makes for beautiful scenery and full waterfalls, but unfortunately this also means river crossings are not as easy. We made it across the first crossing by crawling across a wet and slippery log, but unfortunately the next crossing looked even more difficult and we weren't prepared to walk across the creek. We turned around the way we came, enjoyed seeing the rivers, and took a short drive to the easily accessible Crystal Creek Falls [ description ] instead so we still got to see some fantastic falls.
The hike was gorgeous with perfect weather plenty of fall foliage along the entire trail. I came across chainfern and big leaf maple trees, among plenty of other plants (including poison oak). The waterfall was tucked away just off the main trail, and had a bench facing it where I ate lunch. On my hike back, I noticed hundreds of ladybugs--I must have walked right through them on my way there just before the first creek crossing.
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.