Over the River and Through the Woods

The sunshine made an appearance today! Tim and I took full advantage of abundant blue sky and went hiking in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (located in Washington state). The snow levels this time of year can make finding a trail difficult, so we opted for a lower level hike we had done before called Siouxon Creek. Despite our careful planning, we still encountered snow! It was primarily on the forest roads leading to the trailhead, but it dotted much of the trail as well. We weren’t deterred though-we had the trail to ourselves for most of the day!

This area is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of waterfalls, lush greenery, tall trees (Douglas Fir and Red Cedar), and chirping birds to keep hikers company. Plus, the trail parallels Siouxon Creek most of the route. Even though the sun was shining overhead, the forest was COLD! Winter hats, gloves, and fleece pants kept us cozy. And, monster-sized veggie sammies kept us fueled for the 7.5 mile roundtrip hike.

My favorite spot on the hike:

Horseshoe Creek Falls

Unfortunately, the last stretch of the hike was impassable due to a creek crossing over a massive slippery rock. The water level was too high for a safe crossing, so we stopped just shy of the last waterfall and had lunch before turning back to the trailhead. Want to know the funniest part? I was looking through old photographs and discovered that the last time Tim and I hiked this trail was exactly 5 years ago (well, minus 1 day, but still!)!! We didn’t plan that, it was simply coincidental!!

This hike was just what I needed to get me even more excited for warmer weather and lots of hiking and backpacking. Nothing compares to being surrounded by the comforts and sounds of nature.


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9 thoughts on “Over the River and Through the Woods

  1. I had a question about the delicious looking brownie type creation in your header image – what is it and where do I find the recipe?! it looks insanely good!!

    • Hi Laura! That is a photograph of my caramel apple brownies! The recipe hasn’t been perfected yet, but I can send it to you anyways, because they are quite yummy!

      • ooh lovely! if you wouldn’t mind sending it along that’d be fantastic! I’m a long-time lurker of your blog, you always have such great entries!

        my email is: lowsydotes (at) gmail (dot) com — thank you!

      • I haven’t forgotten you! It’s been a busy week, so hopefully in a few days I can send you the brownie recipe. Thanks for your patience :)

  2. What a beautiful hike! I love your waterfall shot, it is stunning! Nothing beats being surrounded by nature, miles from civilization :)

    • Thank you! One of my favorite aspects of the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of waterfalls. They are everywhere (and, if you are willing to wander off-trail, there are even more)!

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