Boulder Lakes, Boulder Lakes Trailhead

The Adventure: Boulder Lakes, Boulder Lakes Trailhead

The Dates: August 5-Auguest 6

The Miles: Total Mileage: 5 miles (2.5, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. Boulder and Little Boulder Lakes are a quick 2  miles from the trail head with its fellow lake only slightly further. Tall trees shade the lake while Lost and Taipi Lake sit a bit higher. 

Who this trip is for: Everyone can enjoy this trip! These lakes are a perfect introduction to the world of backpacking. Swimming in lakes, sitting around campfires, and adventuring to nearby lakes, this trip has a little bit of everything. Due to the shorter mileage this is also a great trip to bring out your inner chef and make lots of delicious food (like cinnamon rolls and back country pizza) that may not make it onto longer expeditions where weight is a significant factor. Remember, every trip can be catered to the groups needs. 

Why we love this trip: This is a super fun, laid back trip. Backpacking doesn’t always have to be rigorous and exhausting. Beauty, adventure, and rest can sometimes be found only a couple miles down the trail. 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment: 

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide,

What not to bring: 

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?). 

The Investment: $275

Early Bird Special (by June 1): $250

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

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Wendy Ewing

Wendy Ewing is a Washignton native and Northern California transplant. Growing up at the base of the North Cascades, her entire upbringing revolved around the mountains. With her family, Wendy spent most of her childhood backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking. With a strong passion for wilderness ethics and personal growth and development, she decided to pursue building Wild Beginnings Adventure Co. Wendy has written gear reviews for Trek Tech, Innovation & Tech Today, and Active Junky. In the winter season you can find her back country skiing and both trail running and mountain biking the rest of the year. Wendy lives in Shasta Lake, CA with her husband, John, and their adventure retriever, Sauvie.