It’s summer right?
Then where did the rain come from yesterday?! It was pretty surprising, but good for the garden (I guess).
I’ve been feeling pretty fatigued these past couple days, adding on a couple extra rest days. Not sure where this tiredness came from, but I hope it passes soon.
Are you good about listening to your body and resting when you’re lacking energy?
My aunt Arlene has another Northwest hike to share with us. Check out the hikes page to see everywhere she has gone. The list just keeps growing!
Hike: Snoquera Falls (WA)
We hikers in the Northwest are rather spoiled; there many hike all year that take you through some of the finest old forest anywhere. We get some enormous old and second growth trees; on one hike I became fascinated with the colors and different textures of the thick bark on these trees. Color is found in the varying shades of green in the ferns, salal, and hucklberries.
By June and July, however, these forest lowlands are not enough, and we want to go up to get some views, thinning air vegetation, and some open sky. This was clearly our mood as we picked Snoquera Falls, which is off Highway 410 on the way to Chinook Pass with the promise of snow-free high elevation. It turns out that our guidebook had mistakenly listed the falls at 5,000’ elevation (when it was probably about 2000’ less), but we did get a nice mountain view and a spectacular waterfall, all within a relatively short hike.
The trail started near a campground once used by the CCC who gave the Falls their name (Snoqualmie + Employment Recovery Act). The trail was well maintained and made for a nice gradual ascent to the Falls. The Falls were really impressive, but they came on us quickly. One minute we were climbing gradually in thick forest, and the next we came upon an open talus slope and the overwhelming sound of a gushing waterfall.
At the end of the hike we agreed that it was a great trail, good hike, and nice view; It was just enough to whet our appetite for the higher elevation hikes to come.
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