outdoor adventures: old robe trail, granite falls, wa

Monday was like Spring here in the Seattle area.  Nearly 60 degrees and sunny.  The only thing to be done was to head outside!  We drove up to the Mt. Loop Highway in Granite Falls and went on a nice little hike into the Old Robe Canyon.  It’s  a fairly easy and short hike in and out but the terrain was very rough and rocky in some places (much of the time you are walking along either the once existing train tracks or the stone retaining wall that had been built between the tracks and the river) and very muddy in others.  Once you reach the “end” of the trail where there has been a landslide, you could choose to climb over the pile of giant rocks and trees and make your way further down the railroad tracks to the old train tunnels.  If you have on boots with good traction and the wherewithal to do so, I would highly recommend it!  The other side of this pile of rubble is by far the best part of the trail.

The sign marking the trail head is now almost completely illegible.

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The sky was so blue and the the bright green moss all over this old growth forest looked so amazing against it!

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There were lots of signs along the way of what used to be.

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Here you can see the first train tunnel coming up.

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And then the second tunnel a little farther down the trail. This tunnel was much small and on the other side Mother Nature had done away with so much of the tracks and trail that this is truly the end of the hike.

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Looking back from the other side.

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