Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
|Falls Creek Falls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Lainey Piland photo|
I found myself wondering where I would have hiked yesterday, had I been able to get outside and participate in Take a Hike Day. Had it not been for the dangerously high winds that slammed the region yesterday (hence making any forays into the forest unsafe and inadvisable), I probably would have chosen a waterfall hike. During periods of very wet and rainy weather, waterfalls offer a spectacular and rewarding hiking destination. Creeks and rivers swollen with rainwater create thundering waterfalls with frothing, churning torrents of water tumbling down into a cloud of mist, perfectly demonstrating the raw beauty and terrible power of nature.
In our area, Snoqualmie Falls is the iconic example. Here's a stunning video from KOMO news, showing the roaring falls in all its rain-fed glory yesterday:
Although there's no hiking required to see Snoqualmie Falls (just a short walk from the parking lot), it is always a fun place to visit during rainy weather. You'll leave soaked - both by rain falling from the heavens above, and from river water sent airborne from below. It's glorious.
If you're looking for a good waterfall hike, check out this list from the Washington Trails Association.
Also take a look at my waterfall Wanderings:
Wanderings: Coal Creek Falls