Waterfalls

Guided Trail Hikes near Seattle

For light hikers and non-hikers who want to see waterfalls, our trail hikes tour, called Waterfalls,  Mountains and Bavaria, is perfect! We took this tour twice on one week. One day it rained, the other day very sunny.

When we meet, I’ll ask you your preferences and your interests about this tour. Do you like the trails? Do you just want to see waterfalls without walking far? Depending on your preferences, we’ll shift our focus for you, to spend more time on the trails, or more in the Bavarian Alpine Village of Leavenworth, with lots of shops and restaurant choices in this European-style town. If you only want the trail hikes, we can take out Leavenworth altogether and add in a 3rd trail instead. Let’s begin!

Deception Falls

Deception Falls

We have 2 versions of this tour, following is the Clockwise version.

Wallace Falls, outside Sultan on US Highway 2, is the perfect trail for an introduction to our State’s beautiful outdoors. Approximately a 2 mile walk, there are 3 falls and a lot of babbling brook -and river viewpoints to mesmerize you along the way. The first falls, Lower Falls, is an easy walk with only a few roots to maneuver. We turn back at this point for the non-hikers, and you feel like you’ve had the full trail because the views are so spectacular. Middle Falls, further on the trail, has a few short switchbacks but worth every step, and Upper Falls at the end is breathtaking. The entire walk is beautiful with mosses and greenery, the river, and many chirping birds.

Bridal Veil Falls, near Mount Index and across the valley from the Bigfoot Espresso Shop, is easy to see through the trees in April while the leaves are just budding out. A huge, tall waterfall, this falls is viewed from a distance on our tour, but very pretty non-the-less. There are several choices for trail hikes on this tour.  Even here, if you want.

Cheryl Deception Falls

Cheryl Deception Falls

Deception Falls

Deception Falls

July Snoqualmie Falls

July Snoqualmie Falls

March Snoqualmie Falls

March Snoqualmie Falls

Deception Falls on Stevens Pass continues our Waterfalls and Mountains Tour in full force.  The flow is so strong it takes you by surprise with it’s roar. We start with a walk over the bridge and river, where the roar of the water makes it impossible to hear each other talk without shouting. We then walk downstream to a lower falls area, where you see interpretive signs and the serene backdrop of the river and the woods. This trail has such beautiful views of the river, the flora, and natures dams of downed trees and rocks. One of the last known White Pine trees in the Pacific Northwest is on this trail.

What about Lunch! Depending on your decisions, we’ll proceed to Leavenworth or another trail. Leavenworth has such great history and large selection of restaurants to choose from, as well as unique shopping opportunities.

Snoqualmie Falls, the grandest of the grand, also has a trail walk. You view the falls at the top, overlooking the canyon where you are humbled by this 268 foot drop falls. The mist of the falls, according to Indian lore, assists the deceased Snoqualmie Indians to meet their maker. Some days you see the peregrine falcons who live across the canyon. Explore the gift shop if you wish. This summer we saw a mother black bear with her two cubs just down the trail.

Join us!  We’d love to show you this trail hikes tour.  www.cherylsnwtours.com  or call 206 353-3330.

Olympic Peninsula Tour

No Elk sightings today on this Olympic Peninsula Tour, but the woods were alive with fresh water from the recent rains. You can feel the peace of the woods after a rain. The whole forest in Hoh, Lake Quinault, and Lake Crescent feel alive and breathing, deep and calm.

We did see 4 black tail deer, cows, horses, an eagle, some hawks, ducks, and a couple of slugs today. I know, cows and horses? Well, we never know when we’ll see actual wild life, so we watch for whatever we can see in the animal kingdom! Oddly, we have to look hard to find slugs. You’d think they’d be everywhere, but no, they hide well. The black ones and the Banana slugs.

The Olympic Peninsula has many rivers, which were higher due to the season. The Hoh river is quite full of glacial til, leaving the river a milky gray/teal color. it was very very pretty.

The Elwah river and the Hoh both have lots of new trees downed in the river bed, and the Hoh river has re-routed itself within the usual wide riverbed boundaries. It’s fun to see the changes each year.

Ruby Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, also has a new look. Every spring we show up to find the massive over-sized driftwood moved and shifted from the winter storms, and we get to find new ways to get to the beach. Today we decided to look at the beach from the cliff, then travel to Kalaloch where access is easier. Grey Whales were just past the breakers!  Kalaloch’s beach has more sand than drift wood. Of course we grabbed an espresso at the Kalaloch grocery before our journey back to Seattle, via Aberdeen and Olympia. Join us on a tour!  www.cherylsnwtours.com or cal

trail sign

trail sign

Halloween rock!

Halloween rock!

Sword Fern

Sword Fern

Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains

Waterfalls in the Northwest

Recently we took a trip across the mountain passes to see waterfalls in the Northwest and the autumn colors.  We were delighted with the sights!  November 2015 in the Northwest had considerable rain, and there were waterfalls all up and down the mountain passes, along the main highways!

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waterfall Mt. Rainier

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Waterfall Stehekin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don’t usually travel in November, as it’s getting darker and colder, and everyone tends to start the indoors program, but I must say, November is the time to go seek waterfalls.  The abundance of rain made every waterfall spectacular.  Tiny streams were floods of water, white bubbling amazement.  Deception Falls and Bridal Veil Falls were beyond exclamation! I’m telling you, it was overwhelming, the amounts of water roaring down the streams.  We were unable to capture many of these falls due to the weather and driving conditions.  Here are some waterfall photos taken earlier this year.

We invite everyone from everywhere to join us on a tour. We offer private tours to many Northwest Regions; day excursions of varying length, road trips across Washington, and overnight trips cover multi states in the Northwest.  We cover history, heritage, and geology in a fun, simple way.  Join us sometime, we’d love to meet you!   www.cherylsnwtours.com.

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Mt. Rainier falls

Mt. Rainier falls