temps in the 80s?
red bandana for dog?
Wallace Falls it was.
With the weather August-perfect in Seattle the last two weekends, I was very happy that I was able to finally make it out onto the trail. But which trail to hike? Its these May weekends, dear reader (singular), that give us hikers something of a trail amnesia. We can't wait to hit Green Mountain, completely forgetting that the trailhead is likely still buried in snow.
So we have to calm ourselves and find suitable "training" hikes. We have to forgoe solitude to commune with nature, rubbing shoulders with families, tourists in aviators and popped collars, and a surprising amount of spandex.
Wallace Falls is no exception. Already a full parking lot by 11am, its just a short 3.5 mile, 1,500 feet up to the top of the falls. Being just an hour outside of Seattle, while it doesn't get Mount Si busy, it does get pretty busy. I had a plan, however: a training hike with Oni, the Great Dane.
Packing a full pack and bringing along a 100lb dog is just one of the myriad of ways to keep the trail pretty free ahead of you. Wallace Falls has the added benefit of a mile long detour that takes you up a less steep and it turns out, a completely isolated rail-grade road. By the time the road reunited with the main slog up to Wallace, I had only seen 2 other people on the trail. The more direct Wallace trail on the other hand, was absolutely packed with hikers eager to get up/down the falls.
Roughly 8 miles later, the hike accomplished, Oni and I laid out in the grass. A beer and a bbq set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. So there you have it...Wallace Falls: busy hike, great bbq.