I have always wanted to check out Boundary Bald Mountain. It is a 3640′ peak (I know, you in the west wouldn’t call that a peak). The trail was built sometime around 1911 to reach a fire tower at the top (which is now replaced by a radio repeater station), and it is still in existence today.
Pretty cool, huh?
**WARNING** I found a few Giant Hogweed on the lower part of this trail (and the road in) - do yourself a favor and don’t pick the pretty flowers. Don’t touch it at all. It looks like this:
There wasn’t much, but there was some. It is bad stuff. Click HERE to find out why.
Anyway, I packed up my trusty hiking buddy Porter and we made the drive north to Jackman, then drove about 7 miles further until we got here:
Actually, for really good directions to the trailhead, click HERE. And here is the map I used from the same website:
We made our way down the dirt road to the Trail Road.
The directions said that driving it was not advisable, so I tried it. Made it part way and remembered that all of my “get me out of trouble” stuff was now in my work truck so chickened out at the first big dip and turned around.
At the time of this writing – the road is totally drivable if you have a 4WD with high clearance.
We parked, I packed up my brand new Nathan Vapor Shape running vest to try out. I plan on a review of it at a later date after some more testing. But I was able to fit 2L of water, a collapsable dog water bowl, 2 layers for me, my cell phone, binoculars, and snacks for me and my dog.
So there is plenty of room for what you need. My only (first) complaint is that the woman’s version is white.
I should never own anything white.
Porter and I ran 1.4 miles up the gravel road to the actual trailhead, it took us about 15 minutes I think.
Once on the trail, it immediately started climbing. It was easy to follow – blue blazes led the way.
The condition of the trail was…well it needs some work, it is grown in quite a lot. The surface ranges from loose scree, to stream bed, to rock, to mudpit – but is completely easy to follow.
Not so easy to run on, we changed it up to a fast hike.
For people hiking this trail with dogs – there were about 2-3 places that I had to help Porter up over some cliffy rocks that he couldn’t get up on his own. We have it worked out pretty well, he puts his front paws up and I pick his back end up and we push and pull and get him up and over.
Sorry no pictures of that, we were a 1 woman, 1 dog show.
Anyway, we made it to this sign:
And then the trail turned to a krumholtzy hell.
If you kicked the stunted softwoods around, you could find the blue blazes.
Before long, we were walking across the ridgline to the building on the top:
And the views up there were pretty incredible (photo bomb time):
We hung out on top for a while, we both had some water and a snack.
Eventually, it was time to head down. Porter took one last look at his surroundings.
We made it back down fairly quickly, getting over the cliffy areas with some encouragement and MAYBE just a little of me carrying the 90 pound dog over the 4ft drop he was
scared terrified of.
The footing was pretty slippery on the way down, I didn’t run, I just stayed on my feet.
Once we made it to the road, we started running again, finishing the round trip of 5.6 miles in about 2.5 hours (this includes about 30 minutes of hanging out and eating once on top.)
I think if you were to hike this minus the running you should plan on about 3.5-4 hours round trip.