Green River, Rain or Shine! And Steelhead Sighting!

Don’t get me wrong, I prefer shine.  But regardless of the weather there’s nothing like a walk along the Green River to cure what ails you!  And yesterday we were rewarded with a Steelhead sighting – Washington’s State Fish – making it a perfect hike!

It had been too long since we’d ventured out.  Perhaps the rain had gotten to us.  Or maybe it was the quarantine blues.  Whatever it was, we shook it off yesterday and headed to Flaming Geyser State Park, stopping short of the entrance but finding easy access to a river trail nearby.

Now the thing about walking in the woods is that the rain doesn’t seem to bother you.  It’s filtered by the treetops and moss before it falls gently to the ground keeping everything lush and green – at least if you live in the Evergreen State.

I could have sworn we were in the rainforest, with so many trees wearing moss and ferns

including this zombie, which I wouldn’t want to meet in the dark.

We made our way down to the river where we watched it flow in perfect solitude.


And then – after Bob mentioned what a good spot it was for fishing — we saw a giant Steelhead jump!  A first for me!

Too bad I didn’t catch him in the video but trust me, it was three feet long if it was an inch!

So I wondered – is it a Salmon or a Trout?   According to what I could find online, it’s technically a Rainbow Trout but spends much of it’s life in the ocean, returning to spawn like a Salmon.  To learn more click here.

And in case you were wondering –  Washington State Parks will be reopened again next week, complete with services and parking and fishing too – hooray!

~ Susanne

40 Comments on “Green River, Rain or Shine! And Steelhead Sighting!

  1. O my goodness, how beautifully green everything is! Such a lovely place to explore 😊 thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

  2. But it is a rainforest, Susanne. It’s a forest, and in a place where it usually rains. 🙂
    Shame you didn’t catch that fish. Rainbow Trout is very tasty.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Not sure if steelhead season is open yet, but Bob will be out fishing when it is! This one was huge and made quite an impact when it jumped. I bet it will put up a good fight! 🙂 As far as the forest goes, I agree most of the forests around here look like rainforest! I don’t know if this one technically qualifies but we do have official rainforests in Washington State. 🙂

  3. Love it. We are home for a long time, so I will have to piggyback on your times outdoors.

  4. Such pretty green everywhere! I’m glad your parks are going to open back up. I don’t think California’s are opening anytime soon…🌲🌲

  5. Great post, loved the pictures! My partner’s daughter used to live in Auburn near the Green River, we would go to walk along it when we visited. Beautiful area.

  6. Love the pics. Do you birdwatch as well?? I Love birds and have never been able to get to that neck of the woods.
    Stay well and Laugh a lot

  7. I got a link to last year’s walk in the same area, which brought me here today, Susanne. Not sure if you intended that, or not, but I will share this walk on my post tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 Have a nice day!

  8. Gorgeous photos. I especially love the closeup of the leave. At first I thought it was a caterpillar at the end.

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    • Thanks so much! It was a wonderful walk in the woods and it was a thrill to see the Steelhead. So large, it startled us.

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