Deception Falls (Off Trail)
We were actually searching for a different trail, but couldn't find it, so decided to give this a try. This is a very short hike that is very well groomed and really designed for the family with small kids.
We made this fun by going off-trail almost the entire way.
Parking lot was still closed (as were the bathrooms), so we just parked out front of the gate - along the highway.
Going off-trail, this place is amazing! There must have been 10 waterfalls.
We had the entire place to ourselves, which was uncanny - because it was a really nice day. Go figure.
Spent a lot of time building cairns (rock stands) along the creeks, so it will be cool to go back and see how many are still standing.
Kamikaze Falls / Teneriffe
Love this little-known hike. Right next to Little Si & Big Si, but this is WAY less crowded, and jncludes a lot of cool little scrambles, and a TON of waterfalls. The only problem with this place is the lack of parking. Plan to get there early, or you have to park a half-mile down the road and walk back. There are spots for around 10 cars at the trailhead.
In the spring, the streams are running hard, and the entire second half of this trail follow a continual waterfall. Lots of switchbacks, and not toi steep before the main waterfall.
Don't stop there! Most people turn around here after lunch... but if you like to scramble - keep going up past the falls to the right. There is a new boot trail (hard to see), that takes you up to the ledge - great scramble. We did turn around at the falls on this hike, but look for one of our previous hikes here for the GPS track to the ledge.
Snoquera Falls Trail 1167
This was more like 5.5 miles long, bit once again the ET GPS screwed up (shocker), and drew a few straight lines between waypoints (see map).
Awesome small hike up to one of the coolest waterfalls around. The wind always swirls at the top, which pushes the falls away from the cliff - giving it the "floating Pandora mountain" look. The small scramble up to the base of the falls is awesome. Avoid the boot path, and go straight up the boulders. You acn literally touch the base, if you don't mind getting soaked. Would be great on a hot day.
We took an off-trail side trip up a crevasse, which turned out to be a mistake. We don't often put ourselves in danger situations, but the scree field (past the boulders) was SO unstable, that we were causing mini avalanches with every step. We nearly made it to the top, but ultimately decoded it was smart to turn around. Took us about 45 min to (carefully) work our way down.
Do the loop. Most people just go back down the same way, but uou'd be missing the awesome stream on the loop. We always stop here for lunch before heading back to the car (about 5 min from here).
Climb up next to the stream for a bot, and find a spot near one of the stellar little falls. Beautiful spot.
Raging River Trail
First time we tried one of the "blue gate" hikes along the highways. We always see them, and wonder what they are. This one started pretty cool - having to cross a stream and scramble up a boot trail, followed bu crazy bramble that tore our clothes and was painful.
After that, we hit the main road, and would have had to take it for 2 miles to hit a decemt trail. We bailed and went elsewhere forna decent hike. Lots of animal skeletons and fur.
Tiger Mountain Trail - TMT
This was our 2nd hike of the day, so it wasn't too long.
No parking lot, but there is a turnout bu the side of the road. Enter near the school bus stop.
Neat little trail nestled in the residential area... immediately gets into old growth forest. Decent amount of elevation, and separate horse trails. Dumped out to the cut-line and followed it down and then left back into the forest trail. Pretty good run back down, but way too short.
Mima Falls Trail East - Mima Porter #8
Super-wet rainy day. Had the trail to ourselves. Too bad the gun range is so close... really takes away from the peace & quiet.
Lots of beaver dams, but no signs of the critters. Pretty average flat hike, with no real elevation or downhill running. Good winter hike when trying to avoid high-avalanche areas.
Mount Si - Old Trail via Little Si / Boulder trail
Took Old Si trail again for some burn.
Did this one a little backwards - took the SECOND turn up Boulder trail, which is much steeper. Legs were burning before we even hit the Old Si trail.
Awesome steep hike - much harder than the main trail, and almost NOBODY on it.
Definitely needed the microSpikes... almost zero traction without them. We passed so many ill-prepared casual hikers once we hit the top.
The mountain jays were especially friendly at the peak. Great run down in the snow.
This one feels steeper than it really is. Only 2000'+ of elevation, but it's a good quad-burner in some spots. Really great hike with some awesome views as a reward at the top. We circled back down to one of the waterfalls for lunch (to get out of the wind). Unfortunately, the trail to the caves is closed until further notice to protect the bats from white-nose syndrome.
Really great run down due to the steepness factor. We'll definitely do this again. Shame it's so far away.
Mima Falls Trail West
We were actually looking for Green Line #6 trail, but couldn't find it (again). Ended up parking on the road and hopped on the Mima Falls Trail West somewhere in the middle. Went off-trail as soon as we hit the river, and immediately found a really cool beaver damn (it was huge). Lots of signs of recent beaver activity, but didn't see the beavers :0(
Took a left at the loop sign to the camp, but didn't have time to do the whole loop. From Lost Valley Trail, we hit the road and couldn't find the rest of the trail. We went quite far down the road in BOTH directions, but gave up and started back down. Had lunch back at the beaver damn, hoping to find the critters, but no such luck.