This morning was my first drive on SR 410 in months. Last year fire raged through and damaged the hillside and highway. Today I got a peek at both. It looks like a lot of work was done to make it safe for travel and I am grateful.
I decided to do two fairly short hikes today. They are early season favorites as I await the full opening of Stevens Canyon Rd. There was drizzly rain but nothing that could be a called a downpour. I love these hikes. Red Cedar, Hemlock, Douglas Fir … these towering giants are such a comfort.
The suspension bridge swings as you enter and leave. It’s not a wild swing but you know there is a motion matching then defying your own. The green water against the growing forest green is otherworldly. At just 1.6 miles, it’s an easy walk for most any level of fitness or ability.
Silver Falls is just over two miles roundtrip if you go the bridge and then back the way you came. The overlook will get you right above the falls and the water is raging right now. The green pools are like liquid emeralds and the rush of water is exhilarating. You can extend your hike from here and give some extra distance to your day.
I finished the day at White River campground near Sunrise. Not yet open for camping, it’s a nice drive along the White River and nice views of the mountain
The sun will return tomorrow but so will all the people. Glad I made it there today. The bad news of the day appears to be a blown knee. I’m doing all the right things tonight but your good energy and healing thoughts will be much appreciated.