While I enjoy hiking when it's not raining, I live in Washington, and if the choice is to hike in the rain, or to not hike at all, I'll (usually) pick the rain.
I can deal with rain way better than I can cold. But that's a side point.
One rainy week day a friend and I took off for Talapus and Olallie Lakes. We were the third vehicle at the trailhead, one of which was for two forest rangers clearing debris off the trail. Thank you!
The parking lot is a bit small so I'd imagine that on a nicer day or a weekend, it would fill up early.
The trail was muddy, full of puddles, and at times, running water. I just stomped right through it all.
We barely saw the other hikers on our hike. They had taken a different fork and if we had been five seconds ahead, wouldn't have encountered anyone besides the rangers on the first half of our hike.
On our way back we only passed three people. We were both craving something warm to eat or drink and settled for Starbucks in North Bend.
I've checked a lot of hikes off of my list lately. What's been one of your most recent hikes?