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Hiking Mima Falls

Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls
Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls

We've been wanting to go hiking lately, but the weather and our schedules haven't been cooperating. With some time to finally go, of course the weather is pretty bad too. But we didn't let that stop us.

I didn't really feel like snowshoeing or going to up to the mountains. I don't have gear for the heavy snow. And where there aren't mountains, it's raining. While we aren't going to let the rain stop us, we did let the rain stop our hike to Capitol Peak. We figured that there wouldn't be much of a view, so we are going to save that hike for later.

So we found Mima Falls. Close enough to home and a long enough hike. You do need a Discover Pass FYI.

We got there easily enough at about 9:30 a.m. We were the second car. When we got back to the parking lot about two hours later, there were probably 8-10 cars.

It was a little muddy, but as long as I watched my step, my running shoes didn't get wet. My brother's hiking boots were waterproof so he didn't have to look where he was walking.

We chose to not do the loop, we went straight to the falls and returned the way we had come, but it was still a nice hike and a good one for a cloudy winter day.

Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls
Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls
Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls
Northwest Pearls: Mima Falls

It's not my favorite hike, but, again, it was nice to get out and our options were limited with the weather and the snow.

Are there any winter PNW hikes you'd recommend?

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?