I hope you had a fantastic weekend full of fun and adventure.
This week we were able to still head out on a hike this weekend, but we decided to do something different. It was the first time the full group had been able to get out together in over a month, which was good fun. We also decided that at more than two and a half years old, we'd begin preparing our youngest member of our group to begin hiking on his own rather than being carried the entire way.
With this in mind, we decided to do a shorter one with minimal elevation. Prior to this hike, the little one had only hiked about 2 kilometres. According to Alltrails, it's a 2.6 km trail with about 150 m of elevation gain, so we packed a nice lunch and headed out. Due to the short hike, we left a little later than usual, at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. like most of our colder hikes have been lately.
We got to the parking lot shortly after 11 a.m., having gone down south to Longview before making our way out to Highway 40. It was a really pleasant surprise to see that there were a bunch of horse riders in the parking lot, which was great to see. They were incredibly nice and came to say hi, which was fun. The littlest member of our group was fascinated by them but also scared, as he had never seen an animal that size before.
The trail was clean and well marked. For the first 2 km, there wasn't much in terms of ice on the trail, thankfully. There was a decent amount of snow off the trail, which made for pretty pictures though. After the 2 km point, there were a few hills where the ice had thawed and refrozen, making it quite slick. We were able to walk on the side of the path for part of the way, but eventually we put spikes on. It did end up being needed, so it was good. We made it to the waterfall, which is quite pretty. On the right hand side, there is a rope going up the rock face that will allow you to see the falls from above, but in the snow it didn't seem wise to try it.
We had a great, albeit cold, lunch and then slowly made our way back. As we got back to the parking lot, another truck with a horse trailer pulled into the parking lot and we were able to see more horses.
I would recommend this trail to anyone just starting out. I wouldn't mind trying it in the summer but I would imagine it would be a lot busier. The greenery should make the forest more photogenic though. It would be interesting to see none the less.
Have you done this hike? If so, what did you think?