UPPER BOULDER GLACIER FALLS
RATING - 14.0
VR - 2.0 (Small) HR - 4.0 SR - 6/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail
DIFFICULTY - Difficult
LOCATION - Baker Lake Road
TYPE - Plunge
HEIGHT - 58'
WIDTH - 5'
GPS - N48 45.653 W121 46.321
ELEVATION - 5050'
One of the best hikes in the Mt. Baker area is the Boulder Ridge Trail. The view from the end of the trail is nothing short of astounding. Mt. Baker looms massively above an alien landscape of red, volcanic rock, sparse trees, and waterfalls as far as the eye can see. To get to the end requires some patience and a lot of work on the part of the hiker. The trail spends the first two miles traveling through a nice forest with gradual ups and downs along the way. It's nice, but there are no views to speak of. After passing through a meadow, the trail beings to climb very steeply and spends the next mile and a half gaining the top of the moraine left over by the retreating Boulder Glacier. It's worth all the trouble once you arrive at the end, but it's definitely a little more work than some of the more popular trails in the area.
This is one of the many waterfall at the headwaters of Boulder Creek that can be viewed from the end of the Boulder Ridge Trail. Upper Boulder Glacier Falls occurs where one of the several small streams originating in the Boulder Glacier encounters a vertical cliff and plunges 58' in a vertical drop. This is the most distant of the waterfalls from the end of the trail and also the smallest, but it provides one more waterfall to the already large number in the area.
DIRECTIONS - Follow the
directions to Boulder Glacier Falls.
This waterfall can be seen from the end of the Boulder Ridge Trail. It is
also possible to get right next to the waterfall but this involves fording
Boulder Creek (which is not easy or safe) and then some fairly easy
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Boulder Creek Falls, Boulder Glacier Falls, Samantha Falls, Upper Boulder Creek Falls
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