5 reasons you should go hiking in the rain

I recently took a hike in the rain to Wallace Lake. We may as well have jumped in, we were so wet. Yet, I wouldn’t have traded the trip for a sunny day. We had Wallace Lake to ourselves and only saw a handful of people on the trail. I highly recommend a hike in the rain. Here’s why.

1. Solitude. If you brave the trail on a rainy day, you’re likely to have it mostly to yourself. Popular trails will likely still have some other hardy hikers, but you’re unlikely to find crowds. And the rain and mist will cloak you in a nice, cozy blanket. Even if you do encounter another hiker, you won’t be able to see them for long.

2. Beauty. A rain-soaked forest is a glorious thing. The browns of the soil are richer. The greens of the moss are vibrantly jewel-toned. The wet ferns shine in even the dimmest light. And mist and fog make forest hills even more beautiful.

3. Water. When it’s raining, you’ll find wonderful little waterfalls everywhere. Rivers are more fun in heavy rain. They’re loud and boisterous. Waterfalls that are normally tame become lively.

4. Speed. If you’re heading out for exercise, go on a rainy day. Trust me, you’ll hike faster than normal and take fewer breaks. By the time you finish, you’ll have definitely earned a nice hot cocoa, spiked with an adult beverage — if you like that sort of thing.

5. Bragging rights. You can’t really call yourself and true Northwest hiker until you’ve hiked in a downpour — on purpose.

More in Life

Great Plant Pick: Pinus contorta var. contorta, shore pine

What: Who is not impressed by the beauty and toughness of this… Continue reading

Jesse Sykes brings her evolving sounds to Cafe Zippy in Everett

She and Phil Wandscher make a return trip to a club that she values for its intimacy.

Compost: It’s what every gardener really wants for Christmas

A pile of decomposed and recycled organic matter is the gardener’s gift that keeps on giving.

Need a centerpiece? Plant paper-whites for December beauty

The white flowering plant brings the garden indoors in winter, even if the bulbs were never outside.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Red wine usually costs more, but you can still find bargains

Here are five good-quality reds that won’t drain your grocery budget.

Beer of the Week: Skull Splitter and Blood of My Enemies

Aesir Meadery of Everett and Whiskey Ridge Brewing of Arlington collaborated to make two braggots.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Ugly Sweater Party and Canned Food Drive at Whitewall: Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing… Continue reading

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Most Read