Boulder Cave Trail

Boulder Cave Trail, Naches: Address, Boulder Cave Trail Reviews: 4/5

Boulder Cave Trail
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Located in the Naches Ranger District, this is an easy hiking trail that is less than a mile in length.
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Forest Service Road #1706, Naches, WA 98801

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HistoryTeacher07
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Aug 2019 • Friends
I last visited Boulder Cave as a 6th header and had a wonderful time. The cave was dark and a little scary (no sound or light is disorienting) but it was a great tome. We hiked the trail, had lunch, and learned about cave ecosystems and the geology of the area. I loved it.

My nephew is finally old enough to share the same experience. The school doesn’t do field trips much anymore, but he loved the trail! We were saddened to learn that the bats on the cave are endangered, mostly by human activity.

If you go to the cave, make sure to follow all of the instructions and do not disturb the bats. There were a bunch of teenagers (hold the boomer jokes) who were waving their flashlights around and yelling in the cave. Not cool.

Overall, great experience. If you have kids between 5-10 it’s a great walk and doable in an afternoon. Highly recommend.
Written November 11, 2019
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Rainier72
Lynnwood, WA676 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
I hadn't been to Boulder Cave since the 7th grade and I've always been curious to go back. This is a fun hike that most people can do. It's about 3 quarter of a mile up and then some down. I didn't have my light with me since I seemed to recall the cave wasn't too deep, but you need one to walk from one end to another. By the time I walked over to the other end, people who were entering were exiting so it can't be too long in the cave. Even if you don't have a light, its still fun to walk in and look out. The scenery on the way to the cave isn't too bad either. There's a nice viewpoint of Devil's Creek and another showing a new cave in the making. It does cost $5 to park, but if you have certain passes, you'll be fine. If you're looking for a fun and fairly easy hike, Boulder Cave is great place to spend some time.
Written May 30, 2019
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osbornclan2018
Enumclaw, WA9 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This trail was easy to find, well marked and very well maintained. The forest service has informative signs to explain why and how the caves got there. This is a fee area ($5.00) and a flashlight is necessary to navigate the cave. We had children ages 2-12 with us and everyone had a great time and everyone was able to walk the entire trail.
Note- dogs are allowed on the trail but NOT allowed in the cave... I would suggest not taking your dogs.
Written August 29, 2018
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Rissa_cheesecake96
Sunnyside, WA3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
My friends and I followed “Devil’s creek” all the way down and we found the nature slide! Definitely a hike for anyone of any size! Don’t be discouraged, uphill isn’t so bad and our absolute worth it.
Written August 22, 2018
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Sarah
Port Orchard, WA539 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
There is a dusty, 1 mile trail up to the waterfall. You can walk over the rocks and go behind or in the chilly waterfall. Then you get to walk through the caves (bring a flashlight). After the caves you have the option to hike down on the trail or through the creek in the ravine. There is a rock "water slide" in the creek.
Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail and are now allowed in the caves, too.
Parking is $5. There are bathrooms at the trailhead.
This trail does close in the Winter.
Elevation gain is 300'. The highest elevation of the hike is 2,700'
Written August 1, 2018
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yurt1953
Seattle, WA68 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
25 min walk along a river canyon to a cave. 5 min walk thru the cave. A flashlight may be of some use. Picturesque route. Geological signs explaining all. Uphill walk to the cave. Parking and bathrooms at the park entrance.
Written July 19, 2018
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Marcia S
Washington72 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We had several friends talking about this cave, so we thought we'd give it a try. I took myself and five kids, ages 10-19, and we went on a Sunday afternoon in July.

It was a two hour drive from our house, and the whole drive there felt like we were a bit lost. So the anticipation was pretty intense. We brought small back packs with water and flashlights.

Parking was pretty crowded, but still manageable. It cost $5 per car like most government owned parks. There are bathrooms (outhouses) at the bottom of the trail before you head up to the cave. Dogs are allowed on the trails but not in the cave itself (although no one was watching, and a LOT of people had dogs).

Online it says the trail is 1.7 miles. This breaks down to roughly 0.8 miles straight uphill through the forest, another 0.8 miles strait downhill in the forest, and about 0.1 mile actually inside the cave. Aside from it's steady incline the trail was not difficult, and there were plenty of small children making the climb.

Right before you go inside the cave, there is a little waterfall off to the right. There is a small wall in between you and the waterfall, and it definitely looks like there should be a giant "Keep off of waterfall" sign. But there's not. In fact everyone was climbing over the wall and heading up the waterfall. EVERYONE. There were toddlers and old ladies. There were newborns in backpacks and little doggies in purses. And they were all scrambling up a wet and rocky cliff that had death written all over it. I'm pretty adventurous, but I confess, if I had been alone there I would have said it wasn't safe. The only thing that convinced me to climb it at all was that literally "everyone else is doing it."

So we scrambled up the waterfall, and it was really cool! Not amazing. But really cool. And despite there clearly being NO trail, we made it there and back without any bloodshed or broken bones. If you go, you should definitely check out the waterfall. The trail doesn't get any worse as you go, so there is no risk of going too far and not being able to get back out. If you can get in, you can get out.

The cave itself is interesting. We didn't see any bats, but you could definitely imagine how quite a few bodies could be hidden in that place. You ought to have a flashlight, but it doesn't need to be a great one as the trail is fairly easy to follow despite being quite dark.

Overall it was a nice day trip. The views from the trail were very good and the cave and the waterfall were memorable. I don't think we'll make the trip again anytime soon, but if we were ever in the area again with time to kill, we might give it another go.

(footnote: Two minutes into the hike a stick fell down my shirt. When I got it out, it was a bug. Obviously I nearly died, but I managed to keep pressing forward for the sake of the children.)
Written July 3, 2018
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MarySEverett_Wa
Marysville, WA464 contributions
Aug 2017
The hike to Boulder Cave has been a family event for more than 60 years. Now there are four generations in the family that counted as a favorite.
Written May 27, 2018
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ginny6620
Olympia, WA136 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
It is a nice well used trail and walk through a cave. Bring a good flashlight. Wear good walking shoes as the cave has a rocky bottom with possibilities of ankle twisting.
Written September 1, 2017
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kurt l
Richland, WA153 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This is a fairly easy trail to a very nice walk thru the cave itself. Only about a mile and a half round trip. A lot of uphill hiking. Not too steep, but if you are old like me, be prepared to stop and rest a minute to smooth the heart rate. Not trying to discourage this hike, just monitor yourself if you are out of shape, a bit overweight, etc. Views are above average, and the cave itself soon becomes PITCH BLACK. I recommend every person in your troop pack a good flashlight and wear substantial footwear for a safe walk thru the cave itself. The park only requires a five dollar parking fee. There is a cool roofed picnic structure at the lot, and you can cook or just pack a cold picnic basket. NOTE, the Whistlin' Jacks Lodge (and cafe) are within minutes of the cave turnoff. You will enjoy the Jacks menu. Well known for trout and prime rib dinner. Salad bar, and scrumptious breakfast and lunch choices. Really a great combo package if you want a hike plus dining. Would recommend the experience to anyone without serious health issues.
Written August 15, 2017
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