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Boulder Creek Falls (South Shore Drive Access)

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5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,056' 322 m
Descent: -1,055' -322 m
High: 2,289' 698 m
Low: 1,313' 400 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Kevin Bonner

An uphill hike to the beautiful Boulder Creek Falls.

Kevin Bonner

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall

Overview

A great hike with large leaf maple trees (awesome in fall), picnic benches along the way, and the 81-foot Boulder Creek Falls. Be aware that there are creek crossings along the trail!

Need to Know

Four or five creek crossings depending on the season.

Description

For South Shore access: Getting here is a little tricky, but not too bad. Pass the Carr Powerhouse and follow the road until it ends and turns sharp left onto a dirt road. Follow this road for 2.7 miles, and you'll eventually come across a gate on both the left and right side of the road. Park and go up the one on the right (the sign says Boulder Creek Falls).

The trail is pretty straightforward and well-marked. Keep in mind that there are four stream crossings, some larger than others. Rocks can be slippery, and the crossings are tougher after heavy rainfall or in spring with heavier flow from snow melt. There are large leaf maple trees along the way which makes for gorgeous scenery in the fall!

Approaching the falls, the trail drops down into a cool watershed. The creek leading from the falls is visible, crossing the road. The sign for the short side trail to the falls will be on your left. Follow
the steps up the hill to a rocky vantage point where the main falls can be seen.

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Dec 31, 2017
Agnes Vause
May 11, 2017
Andrew Richie
4 creek crossings. Difficult to cross without getting wet, but I hiked in my chacos so it was no problem. Mostly covered trail, but some fire road. 5.6mi
Sep 18, 2016
Kimberly Makin
Boulder creek falls was very mice 3mi
Nov 28, 2015
Kevin Bonner

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