The Hike to Otter Falls

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls A few weekends ago, we traveled up to North Bend, WA to hike to Otter Falls. According to the Washington Trails Association, it's 10 miles roundtrip and you gain 650 feet.

I'm not sure how it is in the summer, but in November we couldn't even get the Subaru to the trailhead; the trail was too washed out. We made it over the first two washouts, but didn't try the third. So we turned around and parked in a wide circle area just over a bridge and near some campsites.

The trail was wet and the ground was soft, but it was a pretty easy hike. Round-trip from where we had to park was 11.2 miles. The only difficult spots were where we had to cross some small streams and where we had to climb a culvert. I liked having trekking poles for crossing the streams, but I probably could have done it without them. My friend didn't use or need them.

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls

The falls were cool; it's hard to translate their height into a picture. They were about 1,000 feet tall. They were marked on the main trail with a cairn, sticks, and a walkway made of rocks.

There were some other falls that you passed while crossing a bridge that were also pretty cool.

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls

It's not the most amazing hike I've done, but it was cool and pretty easy.

What are some hikes you've done lately?