I have been on a few backpacking hikes with my husband, but this was the longest and toughest one for me. I was at my heaviest weight and super out of shape when we did Eagle Creek back in 2011. I dunno if I would currently try it with a kid since there are some dangerous spots on the trail, but it was beautiful.
I was always lagging behind. My chest felt tight, my breathing was horrendous, I just couldn’t catch my breath and had to stop numerous times which meant I was left trailing behind most of the way with our group.
Most people just hike to Tunnel Falls, but we went the entire 7.5 miles the first day to the last camp spot on the trail before you end up on the steep hike to Wahtum Lake.
There are so many falls on this hike. You’ll be awed by the beauty of nature. It’s such a breathtaking thing to see and experience. I love the PNW and all of its magnificent trails, rivers, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls.
I ended up falling once crossing a stream and couldn’t get back up because of the weight of the backpack. And since the others were ahead of me, no one was there to help. Thankfully a friend of ours turned around and got me back up on my feet. I could have taken the backpack off, but then I wouldn’t have been able to get it back on properly. It’s always important to watch out for the members of your hiking group. You never know when a person may become stuck, injured or what have you. My husband looked back often but was too busy jibber jabbering that time to notice anything.
This place is pretty busy most weekends, so someone would have caught up to me and helped if no one came back.
There are some pretty dangerous spots on this hike with wet, sharp rocks and narrow paths so you need to make sure you’re cautious, have appropriate footing, and hold onto the cables.
I was glad once we got to the 7.5-mile camp. I was dead tired and sore from the god awful backpack I had to borrow from my husband’s friend since this was my first hike and I didn’t have gear yet. Proper and comfortable gear is a must when you’re carrying 30+lbs on your shoulders/hips!! Thankfully I have the Gregory Deva 70 pack now which is amazing!
We decided we should walk back to the 4.5-mile camp spot the next day and stay there for the night so that we’re not doing the 7.5 miles all in one day again on our last day.
But that first night was kind of creepy.
I’d say an hour after we got in the tent and were just about to doze off, I heard someone that didn’t sound like anyone from our group (which by the way was in their tents sleeping as well) say hello. I immediately asked my husband if that was him but he was in la la land and said: “Huh, no it wasn’t me.” My husband said hello back and we didn’t get a reply. He said it sounded like it was right outside of our tent, which it did, so I was scared, to say the least, and was happy to go to the other campground the next day.
I always love the last day because that means no inclines, it’s all downhill from here! Baha
Downhill is my friend, but my husband hates it cause it’s horrible on the knees.
Have you been on any hikes that are forever memorable to you?