ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -303' -92 m
High: 2,653' 808 m
Low: 2,349' 716 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“This wonderful route follows Boucher Creek through slot canyons to Boucher Rapids of the Colorado R.”— Megan W
From the intersection of the West Tonto Trail and Lower Boucher (near Boucher Camp) at Boucher Canyon, head northeast. The huge cairn marks the continuation of the West Tonto Trail. Follow the creek downhill on its meandering course. At some points the trail leaves the creek to take shortcuts, these are marked with cairns, so keep a close eye on where you're going. There are a couple of narrow sections and S-curves that can be avoided by scrambling up over small ridges.
Upon reaching the Colorado River, the Lower Boucher Trail ends at a sandy and rocky beach. There are several camp spots here for backpackers with the appropriate permits. Views of the Boucher Rapids can be had from the dunes and there are some potholes up in the schist layer that make nice hot tubs.
Historical note: this creek, rapid and trail were named after Louis Boucher who ran a copper mine in Boucher Canyon and built a stone camp here. Records state that he hosted guests in tent cabins and cultivated an orchard in this part of the canyon.
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