August 17, 2008

Snoqualmie River Middle Fork Trail

Saturday temps rose above 90. But the lure of hiking was too great so we headed to the Snoqualmie River on the Middle Fork Trail. We arrived early to beat as much heat as we could and to beat the crowds. We had better luck with the crowds.

We chose this hike in large part because very little of it is in direct sun. the heat (and a fair amount of humidity), however, had the upper hand.Almost as soon as you begin you cross this beautiful bridge. Not a soul was stirring on the way out but on the way back several people were just below us fishing.S makes her way along a switchback.
Yikes. This was no Forest Service chainsaw. Wind or lightning caused this split.
Because we were still on the west side of the Cascades, the forest is green and mossy. About a mile and a half into the hike we found ourselves under the gaze of Stegosaurus Butte.
Someone with more time and energy created several cairns during their time spent along the Snoqualmie. We just sat and ate and enjoyed the cool breeze and rushing water.

We were happy to spot the bridge on our hike back. We were tired and hot and out of water and ready to be in the car. It's a great hike but we'll be back when temps are about 20 degrees cooler. I think this will be a great hike in another month. We'll be back.

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