East Fork Foss - Necklace Valley
Jun 09, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: East Fork Foss - Necklace Valley
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Agency: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
- Trails: Necklace Valley (#1062)
- Avg Rating: 3.12
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
Forecast of mid 50's with 20% chance of rain in Skykomish, which meant mid 40's and drizzle at the trailhead.
The trailhead has a vault toilet and picnic table, neither of which we remember from the last time we did this hike (for me, it was likely 2003, Bill did it in 2006 with our old dog, Jake).
The trail is in good condition, with no blowdowns blocking the way (thank you WTA!). Several creek crossings, all easy, and the log bridge over Burn Creek is sturdier than it looks. Since this was a wet hike, foot placement was careful!
Lots of wildflowers: trillium (mostly bloomed and drowned out by now), Canadian Dogwood, bleeding heart, a few calypso orchids, bluebells. Fiddlehead fern patches popped up frequently after 2 miles or so. We turned around at a campsite on the river after 2 hours. We didn't get to the big crossing. It was raining, and after a quick PBJ sandwich, and a big gulp of water, we decided to keep moving.
Funny thing, neither of us remembered the terrain as it was - we remembered a big valley with a big cliff off to the left as we hiked in. Maybe we are just slower, and that was ahead of us. And today was socked in pretty good. Nonetheless, it was beautiful, with lots of old growth and remains of the big ones logged long ago.
We were back at the car by 2:30, and after a mostly dry hike out, it started raining again, as we were trying to get Scout dried off and ourselves changed into dry clothes. Go figure.