Absolutely unreal day for this hike! It was our first time. Had a friend visiting, and we were hoping to give her a taste of the WA outdoors. This hike was a winner from the start. The weather forecast said it was going to be sunny today, especially toward late afternoon, so that's when we planned the hike. Got there around 2 or 2:30 and the entire drive from Seattle was blanketed in dense clouds of fog. I was beginning to be skeptical that we would get to see much, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking there was a chance we'd be able to hike just above the cloud cover and get some fantastic views. We lucked out and that's exactly what happened. Started through dense fog which made the vibrant green colors of the forest pop even brighter. Around a mile up, we started seeing faint signs of blue sky and sunlight. The sun was pouring through the fog and trees and creating a beautiful display. Hiking just a bit more up, we found clear skies and a blanket of clouds beneath us.
After taking our time to make several stops, we made our way back down just before it got dark. Clocked 3 hours total, but this hike could easily be done in less. Some people have recently mentioned mud, which was helpful to know, but it was really only in a few spots and easily avoidable.