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Boulder Creek Wilderness (from Bradley Trail)

An overnight backpacking trip through the Boulder Creek Wilderness. The effects of a 1996 fire can be observed.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.6 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  This Wilderness area was burned in a 1996 fire that makes this hike all the more interesting as it wanders in and out of affected... more »

Tips:  This area gets extremely hot and dry in the summer time. Plan for your backcountry water needs appropriately.
There are a few patches... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Sugar Pine cones

Sugar Pines have done well in this area and stands of them shed their gargantuan cones along this section of the trail. These cones can be 10-20 inches long and are the largest pine cones in the world.

2. Looking Back at Bradley Trail

These views of the area are really great. The path of the fire can be seen from here. You are almost to Table Top, where the path levels out and turns north to follow alongside Boulder Creek. This is also the least "remote feeling" stretch of the hike, as traffic from highway 138 can often be heard and seen.

3. Bradley Trail ends at Boulder Creek Trail junction

Bradley Trail dead ends here, turn right to continue north on the Boulder Creek trail.

The hike to the north stays relatively flat for a while and offers great campsites and views of Boulder Creek down below.

4. Overlook of Boulder Creek canyon

This little side trip provides some astounding views of the canyon below. The volcanic nature of this valley can be observed from here. Watch your footing along these rocky ledges.

Even in August there were two springs bubbling from these rocky hillsides. Listening carefully will lead you to them fairly easily. The GPS track with this guide... More

5. Boulder Creek Crossing

The last few miles of bleak landscape bring you to the edge of Boulder Creek, where things are a little greener. There is an excellent campsite just north of the trail crossing (see pictures in this guide).

This is where we ended our journey, although the trail continues beyond the river crossing and starts heading up the other side of the river ... More

6. Fascinating Landscape