Boundary Trail #1
ElevationAscent: 6,506' 1,983 m
Descent: -5,672' -1,729 m
High: 5,235' 1,596 m
Low: 3,818' 1,164 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“A historic long distance trail that provides many challenges with amazing views.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Along its length, the trail has fantastic views of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams with a few glimpses of Mt Hood. During the Ice Age, the area was heavily glaciated, evident by the knife-edge ridges and cirque basins seen from the route.
Due to its length and technical challenge, Boundary is often done as an out-and-back or by shuttle combined with other trails in the area. There are significant climbs and descents throughout the route.
From Elk Pass to Badger Peak, there is a long, steady climb. From there to the south ridge below Craggy Peak, the route follows a more mellow grade to the east side of Hat Rock. The segments from Langille Ridge to the eastern end are a series of very steep climbs and descents through creek drainages, accessing Juniper Ridge Trail #261 and Dark Meadow Trail #263. Throughout the ride you'll have expansive views of the South Cascades in a very remote setting.
Western End Option - Bear Meadows to Elk Pass Out-and-Back:
This segment of Boundary travels along a timbered, broad ridge, with occasional views of St. Helens. Be prepared for some steep bits through here that may be loose and rutted.
Eastern End Option - Dark Meadow Shuttle:
Ride Boundary Trail #1 from the eastern end at Council Lake east. Turn right on Juniper Ridge Trail #261 and pedal through Dark Meadow to the base of the climb up to Jumbo Peak. Stay right on Dark Meadow Trail #263 and enjoy a continuous descent to FR 23.
Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office