This isn't a trail I'd ever thought to visit before, or had even heard of for that matter, but it is one that I'll be returning to soon! I didn't have a lot of time yesterday, so this report really only reflects the first half mile (or less) of the trail. With that being said, this place is gorgeous!
Friday, while wet in the morning, was nothing compared to the torrential rains of the previous day, which had the effect of turning the river into a raging cascade and bringing it right up to the tops of its banks. This abundance of water made a beautiful spot a dramatic one as well, and created places where it felt like another inch and you'd be hiking in the river. I think we get so used to hiking trails that meander along somewhere above the water, that when the trail is almost in the river it changes how we see and feel about it.
The forest around this trail is lush with deer ferns, skunk cabbage, and trillium, not to mention copies amounts of emerald moss. Speaking of the forest, you'll find yourself surrounded by large cedar, douglas fir, and hemlocks, as well as a profusion of smaller alder.
WTA has been doing work on this trail and has more scheduled for later on this summer, so expect to find places where the trail is in need of improvement, but I think that lends to a feeling of being further away from a busy highway than you really are.
One other, brief note that I'll make, is to say that there is a VERY large and deep gouge in road between the railroad trestle and the trailhead parking lot. Unless you have a all or four wheel drive and high clearance I would highly recommend parking below and walking the little ways up.
All of that said, do yourselves a favor and visit this trail soon! And if you can do so on a day following heavy rains you'll be in for even more of a treat!
WTA is an organization that is powered by members, and if you're reading this trip report then I know that you value the resources they provide. So if you value what you get from WTA I hope that you're a member already, and if you're not then I really encourage you to become one! It's fast, it's easy, and the return on your investment is priceless.
The trails we hike on—including this one—were likely built and maintained by WTA volunteers. Stepping beyond being a member, WTA always needs more people to put their boots on the ground with a shovel (or grub hoe, or Pulaski, or loppers) in their hand, to help maintain the places and experiences we love. No experience is necessary and fun is guaranteed!