Boulder Lake Trail

 

Notices:

  • Periodic trail & road closures may occur in this area. See trail conditions for more information.
  • Obtain your Wilderness camping permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year-round.
  • Always call (360) 565-3131 to check road conditions prior to your trip.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate
Unique features: Lake contains exotic brook trout. Fishing is allowed. Check regulations.
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5.8 miles to the lake
Elevation change: 1,700 feet to 4,350 feet
Best Season: Usually snow-free late June through late September

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: There is a bear wire at Boulder Lake. Bear canisters are required where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Boulder Lake. Please camp on bare ground only, not on vegetation.
Toilet Facilities: There is a pit toilet at Boulder Lake. In other areas bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Boulder Lake, Boulder Creek, and nearby streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed, day-use only. See Stock Use for regulations.

 

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited at Boulder Lake and in other areas above 3,500 feet.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.

 

Safety

  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail during winter and spring. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Always check weather forecasts before your trip and watch the weather while you are out there.
 

Last updated: June 21, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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