I convinced Jeff Acorn to get up early and drive us up into the Cascades based on a description of a trail that was promised to be open all year. Not this year! Snow on the road convinced us to turn back long before we reached the trail head. But I had a back-up plan, Twin Falls, part of Olallie State Park, a “popular family-friendly” hike that is at an elevation well-below the snow level even this year, and which neither of us had visited previously.
It was easy, fun, and sunny. The South Fork Snoqualmie River was running merrily. There were quite a few hikers on the trail, but we had no trouble finding choice spots for breaks.
This 3-mile hike would be a fine outing with out-of-town visitors who want a taste of the northwest, but go early; when we arrived around 8AM there was lots of room in the parking lot, but when we left, drivers were idling in wait for a spot to open up. There’s a description in the April 25, 2002 PI.