“Let’s go hiking,” he said. “It’ll be fun,” he said.
Never mind that there was still enough late snow on the ground to give a Yeti cause for pause. Or the thermometer mercury was tickling the low forties.
I just smiled sweetly and chirped, “Great idea! Let’s go!”
It seemed like a good idea at the time. And that’s how Snuggle Bunny and I wound up hiking at Wynoochee Lake in March. At least the snow was hard packed. Easy to walk on. Not that I could feel my toes much after a couple hours on the trail.
That being said, this particular Monday adventure was one of a kind. (You can take that any way you want). For one thing, we had the entire lake to ourselves. It was pristine. Clear. Blue. Smooth as glass.
We also had the trails to ourselves. No one else was dumb enough to be out galumphing around the lake that early in the season.
Wonder Dog loved it. Because she’s… well, Wonder Dog.
The 16-mile Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail is open for hiking and mountain biking. Wynoochee Lake and Dam are located in western Washington at the mouth of the Olympic Mountains. It’s a great destination for families looking for a day trip. The nearest town is Montesano, just over an hour’s drive away.
There’s swimming at the day use area, which also has picnic tables and barbecues. I’d wait for warmer weather ‘fize you. But if you’re up for a little adventure and remembered to bring your gloves and Under Armour, you can tame the wild Wynoochee with a brisk walk amid a lush forest hemming a serene lake that will speak to you for days.
Wynoochee Lake can be reached from Highway 12 just west of Montesano by heading north on Wynoochee Valley Road/Forest Road 22. Follow Wynoochee Valley Road for 35 miles. Turn left to remain on Forest Road 22, and after around one mile, turn right at Forest Road 2294. Entrances to the Coho Campground and the Dam are along this road.
Visit the Olympic National Forest website for detailed directions and maps.