What do you do on a rainy summer day in the Great Northwest? Go for a hike in the woods of course! There you’ll be protected by the thick forest canopy and whatever filters through will cool you and refresh you!
And so we headed east to Twin Falls on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
The trail starts nice and easy alongside the river where huge boulders rest in the shallow summer waters.
More boulders with smiling faces greeted us on the trail;
and as we continued through the forest I was reminded everywhere why Washington is called the Evergreen State.
We proceeded upward and after a mile reached the benches where we stopped and got our first view of Twin Falls in the distance.
Our aim was the bridge suspended across the canyon – we were halfway there.
When we were sufficiently rested we went down into the valley where we saw giant Maples, Cedars and this old-growth Douglas Fir.
Then it was all up, up, up and over
to Upper Falls Lookout.
We gingerly crossed the bridge and peered over both sides. This was the view of Upper Falls.
And this was the view below.
But where exactly was Lower Falls?
We crossed the bridge and stopped for our lunch break then headed back down and saw this sign.
Twin Falls Lookout? Funny thing, we’ve always gone to Upper Falls Lookout and somehow missed this one. But O MY GOODNESS – I’m so glad we stopped! We took the stairs down to a small wooden platform – and saw Lower Falls plunging 150 ft. into the river below!
It was magnificent and I should have stayed longer – but I’m a bit afraid of heights just so you know.
It was time to head back and the return trip through the woods was just as lovely – up, up, up, and down, down, down – all in reverse. I would feel it days after.
It was worth it.