I spent some time yesterday hiking the Northwest Timber Trail with a friend. It’s around 2.5 miles long, out and back (5 mi round trip, roughly). It goes through a second growth forest on its way to the junction on the East Side Road 7000. Part of the way is in a Vine Maple grove, which I call “the scary Malificent tree vines”. Then, you go by the “Trees of Mystery” (an area where several conifer trees have been painted with white rectangles many years ago); apparently, if you stand in just the right place, the painted marks make a line. There’s around five bridges, all nicely maintained and constructed, including one that is 55 feet long over an unnamed creek with a smidgen of a waterfall. After a couple of switchbacks, the trail goes through a DNR clearcut area, which opens it up to the sun and also affords views of other mountains nearby.
After, we visited the Tolt Bridge, which is the last suspension bridge of its kind, for whatever that’s worth. It connects two parts of a small park in Tolt, WA. It’s delightfully bouncy.