Boulder Lakes Trail

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Overview

Trail Features

Dogs
Allowed
Fees
None
Kids
Allowed
Route
Out and Back
Users
Hikers Only
Length
3.5
Parking
Yes
Surface
Dirt and Rock
Bathrooms
None
Elevation
800 ft. gain
Difficulty
Beginner
Trail hours
All Hours
Parking hours
All Hours
Water fountains
None
Vending machines
None

Boulder Lakes Trail is one of the easiest trails in the Trinity Alps and also one of its most popular. This 3.5-mile out-and-back trail starts out about a quarter mile south of Coffee Creek and features lush meadows, deep forests, and the pristine Boulder Lakes themselves (Boulder and Little Boulder), which are rimmed by white granite walls and also perfect for fishing or swimming. There are about six good campsites at Boulder Lake if you choose to do an overnight. The trail serves as a gateway to several other trails, taking one further into the Alps. These include the Lost and Found Lakes, Tapie Lake, and the Tapie Summit Trail. Many hikers and backpackers use the campsites at Boulder Lake as a base camp while pursuing these more aggressive day-hikes.

There are no fees for parking at the trailhead and no water along the route. Bring a water filter if you choose to take water from the lakes. Boulder Lake Trail can still have snow patches even in June, so check with the Forest Service before setting out. Bears are also known to frequent this area, so bear spray is advised, and if you camp overnight, bring a bear canister!

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