Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Boulder Creek





Update as of June 9, 2017:  Teisha reported that the trailhead (where the trail begins) is under water and much of the trail is, too.  The creek is raging even more so at about 500 times normal.  It may be many weeks before the trail is even accessible.

This is a pleasant ride   definitely worth a come back in the future. In August of 2015,we made it a short ride of about 7 miles round trip.  The Lily Pad Lake is about 2.5 miles in.  Further up the trail, there are some serious rock climbs and even more spectacular scenery and water features.  
It is 25 miles from Pinedale, WY.  Google directions to "Boulder Lake Campground".  Thanks to Teisha Preece for most of these photos.  (Click on any photo to open an enlarged image).


 There is about 9 miles of very decent dirt road to get to the trailhead. There is a "horse corral" parking trailhead, clearly marked.  When we were there June 1, 2017, it was full of puncture weed that hadn't quite matured.  It will probably be a mess later in the season.  Be warned. There are corrals and I imagine you could camp in your trailer there.  There is a rest room. 



Distance ridden, August 2015: 7 miles; Min Altitude=7,247'; Maximum altitude=7,661'; Ascent/descent=770'; trail conditions=some dirt/gravel road, 60% dirt,  rocky in many spots; a few bridges over river crossings.  Barefoot horses in super good condition can do it without boots, but we used boots on our horses.
Distance ridden, June, 2017;  About 8 miles; Maximum altitude=7,730'; Ascent/descent=1,060'. 


Sign for the trail turn off
First bridge crossing other than the large one for vehicles.
Low Creek level in September, 2016
Creek level, May 29, 2017

2nd bridge crossing, August, 2015
Same bridge crossing as above...June, 2017
Much of the trail looks like this.



Yay..."still" water feature with bridge.


We were pleasantly surprised by this beaver pond/lake with water lilies...spectacular! August, 2015.

Lily Pad Lake in September, 2016. 





Loved this part of the trail


Lily Pad "Lake" in August







One of the river accesses about 2.8 miles in where we had lunch in August, 2015.  In June, 2017, this was completely covered in 6-8 feet of rushing water.

Lots of fun places for boy and dog to play in August.


We found another water access with gravelly bottom, perfect for "playing" in the water in August.


August, 2015


August, 2015
Same general spot as the photo above, but on June 1, 2017.  


REALLY low creek level, September, 2016








One of the meadows in August.  On June 1, 2017, this was boggy and almost all covered in water.
September, 2016


Bridge at confluence of Macs Creek.  This is as far as we got on June 1, 2017.  The scene below MIGHT be available if you hike/ride up a little further.

This is a view of Boulder Creek just above the "falls" at the confluence of Macs Creek in September of 2016.  The trail is really rocky at this point and the photographer hiked on foot for this shot.  Photo courtesy of Teisha Preece.


Rocks about 3.2 miles in.



At about 3.2 miles in.






This stretch wasn't too bad getting up.  A little more difficult getting down.  



At about 2.7 miles in on June 1, 2017. This water is a "branch" of the creek, not there at all in previous trips.


Near 2.7 miles, the creek covered part of the trail on June 1, 2017.


June 1, 2017 on the way out.





On the way out, June 1, 2017.  Yes it really was this green.


June 1, 2017 on the way out.  Approaching thunderstorm.  We got a few drops of rain here while Pinedale was pummeled.








Low Creek level in September, 2016





  The way back to the parking lot...a trail heading steeply up the hillside, then turned into this path.





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