If you’re looking for a furrific hike to do with your pup in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, check out Boulder Cave Trail! This popular 1.5-mile trail welcomes dogs on the first 0.75 miles of the trail.
The Boulder Cave Trail starts at the Boulder Cave Recreation Area parking lot. Here, you’ll find restrooms and a pitcher pump you can use to fill your water bottle and your dog’s water bowl.
The trail begins in a scenic, shady forest. The trail gradually climbs up, taking you through a forest filled with Douglas Firs and Ponderosa Pine trees. You’ll also pass by peaceful Devil Creek and numerous beautiful boulders. As you go along the trail, you’ll see interpretive signs that discuss the trees, geology, fire history, wildlife, and plants in the area.
After walking 0.75 miles, you’ll reach Boulder Cave’s entrance. Dogs aren’t allowed in Boulder Cave because of the danger of them spreading White-Nose Syndrome to the bats in the cave. Even though you and your pup won’t be able to go into the cave itself, there are still plenty of beautiful sites to see on the forest trail leading up to the cave!
After your hike, you and your pup can spend time in Boulder Cave Recreation Area. Here, you can enjoy lunch or a snack in the picnic area right next to the parking lot. This picnic area offers great views of the forest, providing the perfect backdrop for your lunch.
Note that the trail is closed from May to October, which is the hibernation season of the bats who live in the cave. The park asks that hikers brush off their shoes and clothes to help protect the bats from White-Nose Syndrome. Be sure to pay attention to all posted signage.
Boulder Cave Trail is a furrific trail filled with lots of picturesque scenery. Be sure to bring doggy bags so you can clean up after your pup, and have a great time trekking with your dog on this fun-filled trail!
Dogs aren’t allowed in Boulder Cave because of the potential of them spreading White-Nose syndrome to the cave’s bats. As you're walking through the forest trail, be on the lookout for loose rocks. Also, doggy bags aren’t available on the trail, so it’s a good idea to bring some with you.