Boulder Lake

General Location: 8 miles south of Lake Sutherland about 3.5 miles beyond Olympic Hot Springs.

Trailhead: Boulder Creek trailhead


Be a Wilderness Steward. Always Leave No Trace of your stay in the wilderness.


Ecosystem type: Subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Well maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate
River crossings: None
Unique features: Lake contains exotic trout. Fishing is allowed. Check regulations.
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5.3 miles to the lake
Elevation change: 1200 ft. to 4350 ft.
Best Season: May through late September

Trail Conditions

Olympic Hot Springs Trail 2.5 miles Boulder Lake Trail 2.8 miles

Camping Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at WIC in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: A community bear wire is available at Boulder Lake.
Location and sites: 12 sites are available at Boulder Lake.
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilet
Water Source: Many water sources are available. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. Day use only. See stock regulations.

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in preexisting sites.

Fires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed at Boulder Lake. Fires are allowed below 3,500 feet.

Respect Wildlife: To protect raccoons, bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.


Safety: Several bear incidents have occurred in the park due to visitors improperly storing their food. Please use proper food storage techniques.

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