Tenas Creek

NOTICE! Impassable washed out on forest road before trailhead.  We will update when repairs are made
Waterfall on Tenas Creek, by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

The Tenas Creek Hike is the first portion of the Boulder Lake Hike #740 which is a minimally maintained trail.  When hiking the Boulder Lake Trail, the hike becomes more difficult  as you continue.  Portions of this hike following Tenas Creek are very beautiful in their own right and should not be overlooked.

You hike about .5 mile on an old road then enter the forest and the streamlets of Tenas creek.  As continue you will begin to hear the creek thundering down and come to the first waterfall.


Tenas Creek meadow, by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Once you pass the waterfall the trail continues up steeply and you veer away from the creek and enter the Glacier Peak Wilderness.  The trail levels off as you meet up with the creek again lazily meandering through a meadow below.  The waters are so clear and still you can almost count every pebble.  As you continue on the trail begins to climb steeply again.

Entering the alpines, by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

After a pretty good scramble up hill views of the surrounding peaks and alpine begin to come into view.  You continue picking your way through boulders  then cross the smaller boulder field all the while catching glimpses  Tenas Creek below.

Second Waterfall, by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

A short way trail takes you to a view of the second waterfall dropping into a deep blue pool.  This far on the trail is usually only accessible in later summer due to snow pack.

Alpine flowers & Tenas Creek, photo by Nels Rasmussen

The trail continues along the mountain slope crossing several boulder fields as Tenas flows below forming pools and cascades bordered by wildflowers.  This trail then continues up the very large boulder field that holds back the headwaters of Tenas Creek forming Boulder Lake which gets steeper and more difficult.  Tenas Creek is a diverse and very spectacular creek worth seeing.  Keep in mind that there are steep portions to this trail and more so as you continue on but every bit of the creek is scenic from the streamlets in the beginning the cascading alpine pools above.


To get to Tenas Creek follow the directions to Boulder Lake Trail #740.