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Boulder Creek Trail

Boulder Creek Trail

Boulder Creek Trail

NPS Matt Goetz

General Location: 8 miles south of Lake Sutherland.

Trailhead: Boulder Creek trailhead

Notices:

  • If you are heading over Appleton Pass into the Sol Duc area, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park approved bear canisters.
  • The water quality of the hot springs is not monitored and may contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. Bathe at your own risk. Nudity is common.
 
Description:

Ecosystem type: Montane forest
Trail tread types: Well maintained
General elevation trend: Flat
River crossings: None - a few small streams
Unique features: Natural Hot Springs.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.5 miles to hot springs
Elevation change: 200 feet elevation gain.
Best Season: All year - road can be closed before trailhead in winter. Check road conditions (360) 565-3131

 
 

Camping:

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at WIC in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: A community bear wire is available at Boulder Creek Campground.
Campsites: Boulder Creek Campground
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets
Water Source: Boulder Creek (get water above confluence of hot spring water and creek) - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use.

 

Special Concerns:

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet.
Respect Wildlife: To protect raccoons, bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.

 

Safety:

  • Bathe at your own risk.
  • Springs are not monitored or maintained and may contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

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