Previous commitments kept Mr. Adventure and I close to home last weekend, but gorgeous weather beckoned. Luckily, there are plenty of lowland trails nearby that offer great midwinter hiking. We headed to the Chehalis River Discovery Trail, a 3.6-mile ramble along the river just below its confluence with the Skookumchuck River. The trail is adjacent to a working farm, and the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust has partnered with Lewis County and local schools to restore the river’s riparian habitat. It’s a favorite of birders, who’ve spotted more than 150 species spotted along the trail.
A stretch of cold, sunny weather practically demands a good hike, and Lena Lake fits the bill. First, though, an otherworldly drive through sea smoke and past eagle sentinels.
“Take the Jeep,” Teresa said. “And the dog.” If you insist…
With rain in the forecast, our day hike to Carbon Glacier turns into an opportunity to watch the seasons tick over from summer to fall in the blink of an eye.
Forest fires almost kiboshed the trip, but inspired thinking led to an inspiring backcountry adventure at Mount Rainier.