Friday, June 9, 2017

Twin Falls #Hike - #SaturdaySnapshots

Seems like every hike and walk I take has something that sets it apart from the others. Last week's out-and-back trek started off at Olallie State Park and followed along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in western Washington. I love the sound of a roaring river. 


We then veered inland and hiked up, up, and up some more to the top of Twin Falls. The view was worth the effort! The area had a lot of rain this past winter and spring, so the river was full and so were the falls. I took lots of photos of the upper falls. Here are two from different angles.



We continued upward to intersect with the John Wayne trail, so our hike ended up being around five miles. The trail was well tended (washouts had been rebuilt) and lined with ferns, bleeding hearts, salmonberry bushes, and other lush foliage. This isn't a great photo with that big tree smack-dab in the middle, but I wanted to show the ferns, switchback trails, and the hikers down below.



And here's the lower falls:

We walked down 104 wooden steps to reach the viewing platform where I took this picture. Of course, then we had to walk back up! My legs were quivering by the time I reached the top, but the dramatic view of the 135-foot plunge made it all worthwhile.

I hope you're able to view my video to get an idea of the roar from the falls:

video


The various hiking websites I visited described this as an easy hike. Maybe it would be if I were 20 years old! Although I was able to complete the whole thing, easy isn't a word I would use to describe the trek; but I'm sure glad I went.

For more info: Twin Falls Hike


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7 comments:

  1. We visited a north-east Indian State a few weeks ago, and the difference between the falls before and after the rains was so evident! Seems like you were lucky enough to witness the falls in their maximum capacity.

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    1. I love the sound of rushing water. It was delightful to walk along the river and to stand at the top of the falls and watch the water cascade below. Very dramatic.

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  2. Powell's Books featured a book today on the waterfalls of Oregon. I had no idea there were so many beautiful waterfalls in your part of the world. There is something wonderful about a waterfall. This one is beautiful.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/06/play-my-word-for-year.html

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    1. Thanks for telling me about the waterfall book. I'll look for it. I imagine the beautiful area around the Columbia River Gorge is featured heavily.

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  3. Wow, the falls remind me of the hikes I used to take in Yosemite...when I was a teenager. LOL.

    I do love the roar of the falls. Thanks for sharing, and here are (my less exciting) SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laurel-Rain. I'm enjoying my hikes -- trying to keep moving forward for as long as I can!

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  4. Wonderful captures. Waterfalls are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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