Come Along on a Rainy Day Hike to Twin Falls

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?ย  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.

~ Susanne

20 Comments on “Come Along on a Rainy Day Hike to Twin Falls

  1. It’s a shame you are scared of heights, because the scenery there benefits from being up high.
    Lovely shots and video Susanne. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks so much! I’m a bit afraid of heights but I still went out on the bridge and visited the tiny platform suspended high above the river. I just don’t stay longer than absolutely necessary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my, you have me longing the be in the PNW! Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous place. Thanks for taking us along!

  3. That’s exactly what we do in Ireland on a rainy day too. Being out in the woods and sheltered by the beautiful tree canopy is one of the things to do when it starts pouring down

  4. I love a good waterfall in the rain! This sounds like the perfect way to spend a soggy day. I LOVE that smiley rock too!

    • Thanks for your comment! Fortunately it was just drizzly at the beginning so we mostly stayed dry. And the waterfalls were wonderful too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve seen so much green in one place in years! ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒFresno isnโ€™t far from Yosemite or the Sequoias but I rarely get a chance to go there. And from people whoโ€™ve been there recently, Iโ€™m told Yosemite can be so crowded that you donโ€™t really enjoy the views like you used to๐Ÿค”

    • I love the deep green forests of Washington state. There are still lots of places to find solitude, especially if you go mid-week. I love Yosemite too but the last time we passed through the Valley it was crazy crowded. I think you have to go during the shoulder season, May or September. Or go further east in the park and away from the most popular places.

  6. Fantastic photos! The landscape is extremely impressive. I’ve just found your blog and looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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