Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
great hike. even with lots of people and highway noise the views are great. and the waterfall "secret canyons" are amazing.
Beautiful views, great for a variety of hikers - kids, dogs, etc. Great for out of towners too.
This is a very nice trail with a broad, pine needle covered path and built in stairs in places too. The hike takes you right up to the river and then as it climbs you look over at the waterfalls or down at the river. It has protection from wind and rain, as it meanders through the forest, but there is a lot of light, even on an overcast day. Those with young kids could stop at the first waterfall overlook, which is reached by a descending staircase. We turned around at the iron goat trail, but this connects up with a lot of other trails. If you plan your transportation accordingly you can make it a long one way hike or multi-day hike. It wasn't particularly crowded on the first weekend in May 08.
This is a nice trail choice if you don't want to get too far off the beaten path. The trail winds along the river as well as climbing up to several nice vantage points. There are waterfall views and a scenic look up toward snowcapped peaks. This trail is dog-friendly, and there were plenty of kids and families on the trail.
Very nice trail, well maintained, old forest, great views of river and waterfall. it is a little more than a walk, almost a hike but anyone who is not completely out of shape should be able to do it. our 3rd old enjoyed playing with stones and the water, she liked all the small creeks along the way and overall we had a really good time. Also, you get to see what a rain forest at the foot of the cascades looks like.
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