In preparing for our trip to Ireland at the end of May we are loading our backpacks up with gear and headed for day hikes that are flatter but longer. Boulder River proved to be the perfect destination for what we had in mind. At 8.6 miles long with only 700 feet in elevation gain (although our GPS claims it was more than a 1000 feet of elevation gain…) it proved the perfect challenge.

The trail conditions were WET! At one point I thought we had strayed off the trail and were accidentally following a creek, but no, that’s just how much water was on the trail. Plus, it was raining on and off throughout the hike, making conditions all the more moist. It really put my new Oboz hiking boots to the test! I completely submerged my feet, multiple times in crossing small waterfalls and my feet stayed surprisingly dry! The trail has three large waterfalls along the beginning of the path and the current amounts of water make them absolutely stunning!

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Getting crazy at our turnaround point!

Getting crazy at our turnaround point!

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Boulder River Trail at EveryTrail

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I am the youngest of six daughters and spent my childhood vacations camping in the beautiful State Parks of MN. In 2009 I married my best friend, Bobby Marko. We have embarked on numerous adventures along with our Golden Retriever, Latigo, our son, Jack (born 7/26/2014) and our daughter, Rowan (born 10/25/2016). When not adventuring in the great outdoors I spend my time as a stay at home mom and volunteer. I am a Branch Lead for the Twin Cities Hike it Baby branch. My favorite pastimes include dog training, eating chocolate, reading mysteries and crappy romance novels, and creating paper crafts, my passion lies in writing.

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