The Boulder Springs Trail joins the Gearhart Mountain Trail at a point approximately 1 mile north of the Notch within Gearhart Mountain Wilderness. This trail runs down the southwestern flank of Gearhart Mountain to the former site of Boulder Springs Trailhead. In 1999 the road to this trailhead was removed in an effort to protect bull trout habitat. A trailhead was then established on Deming Creek and a 3 1/4 mile trail was constructed to access the southern side of the wilderness area.
The trail winds its way through a 1950s era wildfire burn and through mixed stands of mature ponderosa pine, white fir, and lodgepole pine punctuated by enormous lichen-encrusted rock outcrops. Bright seasonal wildflowers are abundant and the soothing sounds of running water and wind in the trees seems to accompany the traveler throughout this route.
3.5 miles of this trail are within wilderness and 3.25 miles of this trail are within non-wilderness.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
At a Glance
Wilderness regulations apply within the Wilderness boundary. Mountain bikes are not permitted beyond the wilderness boundary which is located approximately 3 1/2 trail miles northeast of the trailhead.
From Bly, ORhead east on Highway 140 for one mile to the Campbell Road. Turn left onto the Campbell Road, and go for 0.5 miles to Forest Road 34. Go 4 miles on Forest Road 34 and turn left onto Forest Road 335. Stay on Road 335 for 2 miles to the 018 road. Follow the 018 road for 2.7 miles to the trailhead.