One of my favorite things about living in Seattle is that you can drive like 20 miles out of the city in any direction, and you’re in the Outdoors – giant trees, waterfalls, rivers, lakes. But it’s so easy to forget that
So last Saturday, a good pal and I got up early and went a-hikin’ at Twin Falls, a gorgeous trail in North Bend. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s challenging, but a challenge that’s really doable, you know? You know. It’s a great hike for beginners — as in, those of us who go hiking in running shoes and not proper hiking boots — and it’s just a 40 minute drive out of Seattle. This hike isn’t one of those ones that’s boring-boring-boring until you reach the top with the lovely view; it’s gorgeous all the way through.
Couple of pro tips for you:
1. Go earrrrrly. We got there just before 9 a.m. on a Saturday and snagged one of the last spaces in the parking lot. On our way back down the trail, there were hordes of children running every which way — which is fine, but takes a little something away from the “peaceful walk in the woods” experience. Aim to leave Seattle by at least 8 a.m.
2. Everything you’ll see online says you’ll need a Discover Pass, but you really don’t — just bring $10 in cash, and you can pay in a little envelope in the parking lot. (I hear later in the day these envelopes run out, but that won’t be a problem for you, ’cause you’ll be getting there early, right? Riiiight?)
3. Are your parents in town? This is a great parent-friendly activity, provided your parents are in reasonably good health.
Here are driving directions — hat tip to the Washington Trails Association’s website:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn south on 468th Avenue SE and proceed about 0.5 mile. Immediately before the South Fork Snoqualmie River bridge, turn left (east) on SE 159th Street and drive 0.5 mile to the trailhead parking lot at the road’s end.
-Melissa Dahl is a social media manager for The World Is Fun. Her favorite hikin’ snack lately are those fruit leather thingos from Trader Joe’s.