“A relatively quiet trail, South Boulder Creek is an epic journey to the CDT.”
— Tom Robson
River/Creek · Wildlife
Campfires are note allowed. Permits are not required for overnight stays inside the James Peak Wilderness. However, other wilderness regulations apply. Access to the East Portal TH is available year round.
The first 3.5 miles of this trail a very runnable, just watch out for errant roots. After that distance, there are two insanely steep pitches better suited to fast walking than running.
From the northwest corner of the parking area, continue for 1.2 miles on the South Boulder Creek Trail
#900 to the signed Forest Lakes Trail
junction. Continue straight on the South Boulder Creek Trail
. The Crater Lakes Trail turns right (north) off the South Boulder Creek Trail
at the junction sign. Again, continue straight on the South Boulder Creek Trail
The trail leaves the creek for a time then returns, climbs, and crosses the South Boulder Creek at several points before leveling off near Rogers Pass Lake. An obvious path leads beyond this lake to a saddle. From here, both Rogers Pass Lake and Heart Lake are visible. The South Boulder Creek Trail
climbs steeply up several switchbacks to Rogers Pass. Adventurous runners can turn south for a climb up James Peak or north, along the Continental Divide Trail to Rollins Pass.
From Rollins Pass, runners can loop back to East Portal Trailhead by continuing easterly along the road and traversing the blocked Needles Eye Tunnel. Once over the tunnel and back onto the road, travel south to the upper Forest Lakes Trailhead. The Forest Lakes Trail
connects back to the East Portal Trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
You're likely to see a moose here.