Boardman Lake

Granite Falls, WA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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This short trail leads to a quiet, peaceful, backcountry lake perfect for almost any level of hiker, with a small bonus lake right at the beginning. The road leading up to the trail has some pretty gnarly potholes, so low clearance vehicles should not attempt to drive this way.

After walking past the trailhead register, keep an eye to your right to find the path for Lake Evan, only .1 miles from the trailhead. This lake is full of floating lily pads, sometimes with frogs sunning themselves on them. The shoreline around the lake is grassy, and there are several paths cut through the trees and shrubs allowing you to circle the lake.

Leaving Lake Evan, the trail begins to climb and eventually switchback toward Lake Boardman. Watch your step as the trail has a lot of roots and trenches thanks to heavy winter rain and snow. When you arrive at the lake, there is a junction where the path either continues to the right, or drops down to the left. The trail to the right is not maintained and will eventually require more skill. Choose left and find a nice sandy beach area to sit and relax. On the left side is a perfect logjam bridge that is so much fun for your more adventurous climbers to play on, and crossing it takes you to a set of wooden steps that lead up to a woodsy hill overlooking the lake. go past this area and walk out onto a granite slab overlooking the blue green waters of the lake. The trail past this will take a steep downward turn and lead to more beaches to picnic on.

One word of caution for anyone hiking with easily distracted toddlers, the trail has a high amount of roots and rocks that make for trip hazards. Practice safe hiking and pack extra bandaids!

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Look for frogs on the lily pads at Lake Evan. Listen for the deep croak of the bullfrogs. Lake Boardman is stocked with rainbow trout for fishing. Keep an eye on the water and you’ll see several swim by.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

Parking requires a Northwest Forest Pass or a temporary day use pass purchased at the ranger station in Verlot. There is no pay box on site.

Trail Contributor

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Hello! I am a former Journeyman Wireman turned stay-at-home mom to my four beautiful children. After growing up in the hot desert of Las Vegas, we decided to make a change and move to beautiful Snohomish County WA. I found my community here through Hike it Baby, and I now work to facilitate that for others. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, come join me on a hike!