|Thank you to Owen and Chaps for sending us this hike!|
Chaps woofs: There is a great hiking trail at exit 34 on I-90. Just east of North Bend called Twin Falls. Moderate hike. Dogs welcome on leash. Fairly busy as far as people go but the first roughly half mile is along the river which is great for the dogs before and after the hike. [9/1/01]
Droopy: We checked out Twin Falls State Park over Labor Day weekend, and boy was it crowded! At the beginning of the trail, you can enjoy an easy flat stroll through lush forests alongside a river. There are several places where it is very easy to access the water. Droopy loooooves icy cold water, the dirtier the better. Mmm, dirt. The trail quickly starts to climb, but stairs on the steeper parts make it fairly easy. In fact, we ran into quite a few families with young children. You are quickly rewarded for your efforts -- just a mile or so from the entrance are spectacular waterfall views. You can follow the hiking trail for a long ways further, but there doesn't seem to be too much beyond the falls (and in fact you run into the highway). If you are looking for a moderate 2-hour day hike just a hop, skip and tail-thump from Seattle, then this is the trip for you.
Downsides: Can be very crowded, although the trail handles crowds well. Dogs must be on leash, and it is so popular that you should adhere to this rule at all times. Droopy didn't mind at all, though, with the water and usual trails to explore.
Directions: From I-90E, take Exit 34 towards Edgewick Road. After 0.4 miles, turn right/south onto 468th Ave SE. Go about 0.6 miles. Just before the South Fork Snoqualmie River Bridge, turn left/east onto SE 159th St. and it is about .3 miles to the trailhead. There is a pay station ($5) for a parking pass.
Last updated 9/04