In 2013, Evan and I hiked a lot of the major “must see” trails in the area, however; there’s still a long list of trails and mountains we’d love to climb. Lucky for us there are a ton of trails about 30-45 minutes from our home. It’s so easy to plop yourself right in the middle of nature with a quick car trip. I feel very lucky that we live in the place we do and I’m excited to keep trying new hikes and learning more about the area as we go along.
I had Monday off because we have a conference for work this Saturday, so Evan and I decided to take advantage of a quieter day on the trails and go for a morning hike. We’re still in the process of wearing in our hiking boots, so we didn’t want anything too long. I decided on the Twin Falls trail in North Bend. Twin Falls is actually one of three main falls that all lead to the massive Snoqualmie Falls. Because it’s further north than the Snoqualmie Falls, salmon cannot make it up that far, but there are several other species of fish who live in the area. I can’t remember any of their names but I remember they sounded hilarious to me.
Twin Falls is part of Olallie State Park, on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Apparently Twin Falls is full with huckleberries in July-September, which makes me think we definitely have to go back! However, the winter is the best time to view the falls (at their strongest) so it’s a catch-22. The trail is well kept and there was a place to purchase a day pass and a restroom at the beginning of the trail. A lot of other trails we’ve gone to don’t allow you to buy the pass there, so this is good to know! They even have a solar powered credit card machine, similar to the pay-to-park machines in Seattle.
We only ended up going about 2.5 miles roundtrip, just a little pass the falls bridge but the trail actually extended much further. I enjoyed the fact that this hike was not a direct, steep incline like a lot of the others we’ve done. It slowly ascends and descends throughout, so you’re not only going up on the way there and down on the way back. The only downside to the trail was that one part was very close to some sort of highway, so there was a little traffic noise. If there’s anything that makes you feel less in nature, it’s traffic. But otherwise, it was a crisp, cool day in the high 30s, lower 40s and it was perfect for a hike. Also, we only ran into four other people on the trail. It seems on the weekends, the trails can get pretty congested, so it was nice to have it more or less to ourselves. A few spots were a little muddy but by no means slippery. Finally, standing on the bridge overlooking the falls and the flowing water below was very peaceful and magnificent. I would recommend this hike to those who don’t want to work too hard for a very pretty view.