A two hour/four mile hike along the Boulder River trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest leads you to a dead end where there are loose camping sites.

A friend and I weren’t roughing it per se, but we did have freeze dried meals and followed the “leave no trace” principle (which, as I almost forgot, included having to wash and swallow your meal bowls – I HATE pasta water).

The river provided a steady white noise to our adventure, and as the sun was setting, it also provided a beautiful, colorful view.