Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cougar Mountain / Coal Creek Falls - #SaturdaySnapshots

I've explored Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park three times with the Auburn Senior Activity Center group, and each experience has been different. We always hike for a couple of hours and then stop at Coal Creek Falls for lunch in beautiful surroundings, but we take different trails and the hikes are never the same.

For example, here are the falls in April, 2016. We'd had a dry winter and there was a lower-than-normal snowpack in the Cascade Mountains. The result: the danger of wildfires increased and water available for crop irrigation declined. 


Here are the falls during my April 20, 2018, hike. Much more dramatic!


This year, quite a few trails were closed. Our recent rainfall had turned some paths into streams--slippery and unsafe for hikers. We slogged through a few muddy patches and skirted mud puddles, but the trails we explored were fine. That day I logged eight miles on my Fitbit. (That included walking the grand-dog around our neighborhood.) A good workout. 

My previous posts about Cougar Mountain (located in the "Issaquah Alps") are HERE (2016)  and HERE (2017) . 


Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. 
To participate: 
Post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky on West Metro Mommy Read's website (link: HERE) Photos can be old or new and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.


6 comments:

Sandra Allen said...

Wow, what a huge difference in the amount of flowing water! I loved the contrast between the two photos.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, yes, much better after a rainfall. Love the waterfalls. Thanks for sharing.

Colleen Reece said...

Hard to believe they are the same falls. I love your posts. Keep walking, Sandy--I benefit from them, too. GRIN. Colleen

Ginx Craft said...

Very interesting to see the same view at different times.

Sue Jackson said...

Wow, what a difference! So cool to have the same photo from different times - I'll have to try that.

It looks like a beautiful park in both cases!

Have a good week -

Sue

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Klara S said...

It's a big difference!