The Boulder Ridge Trail starts at the Bureau of Land Management's Wildwood Recreation Site. In the off-season, parking may be outside the site's gate, adding a short distance to the hike. Starting from the parking area, the trail crosses the Salmon River on a heavily constructed bridge. The first quarter mile of trail passes though flat, wet terrain and crosses a small stream on a foot bridge. In the first few miles, three additional streams are crossed. Since all are not reliable year-round sources, it is best to carry water. The first viewpoint is located 1.8 miles from the trailhead and is a good turnaround point for those without serious hiking intentions.
The trail ends at the junction with Plaza Trail #783 after gaining a total of 2,500 feet in elevation through a series of fairly steep switchbacks. The climb, however, is well worth it as mountain views framed with blooming wildflowers are characteristic of this ridgetop trail system.
Interesting trips can be made utilizing car shuttles between this trailhead and that of Bonanza Trail #786, McIntyre Ridge Trail #782, Douglas Trail #781 or Plaza trail #783.
Directions: From Sandy, Travel east of Highway 26 for 15.4 miles and turn right (south) at the Wildwood Recreation Site, where the trail begins. Wildwood is located in the wooded strip between the east Brightwood exit and community of Wemme.
Distance: 4.3 miles
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