For the first and only full day of our vacation, we had our sights set on a small hike. But before that, some breakfast was in order.
We drove the short distance from Salish Lodge to the The Black Dog, located along Railroad Ave in the old part of the town of Snoqualmie. The Black Dog is cute, artsy cafe with a small breakfast and lunch menu. We had a late start and therefore arrived too late to have breakfast. Yuling and I each had cup of coffee and a sandwich (of which there were plenty of vegetarian options.
The cafe was the perfect level of casual. The food was tasty and when Amelia started becoming upset at our lack of movement, we didn’t feel like we were disrupting anyone by carrying her around and bouncing her. The cafe also stands out as a store for many local artists. It is worth stopping here, if not for a meal, then at least for coffee.
Our main destination for the day was the Twin Falls hike. The trailhead for Twin Falls is not really near Snoqualmie, but it is easily reached, about 30 minutes to the north.
Our goal was to find a short hike (it was our first with Amelia) that also had worthwhile toward the end. In this regard the Twin Falls hike met all of our expectations.
We visited on a Monday and had no trouble finding a parking space. However, on a more popular day it is not hard to imagine the parking situation being more difficult. The parking is also limited by the fact there is no parking allowed on the side of the road leading up to the trail head. If you’re looking for a hike on a weekend with good weather, and are not able to arrive early, this may not be the best option for you. Finally, note that a Discover Pass is required.
The trail itself was well maintained, though not particularly flat. The trail starts by following the flat shore of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River before veering into the hills as you approach the falls.
The overall hike is very manageable for even inexperienced hikers, being only 1.3 miles one way. Close to the end, there is a short side trail leading to a lookout below the main fails, though you’ll know you’re at the true terminus when you’re standing on a bridge over the falls. Note that the trail does continue on the other side of the bridge, but only for the purpose of joining with a much longer trail; you won’t be missing anything by turning around after you reach the bridge.
On our way back to Salish Lodge, we stopped at the Northwest Railway Museum, just across from The Black Dog. The museum is located in the old railway depot. It consists of only one room containing some artifacts from when the building served as a transportation hub. There is also a small gift shop.
Perhaps most interesting is the scenic train which runs up to North Bend and down to a unique view of the Snoqualmie Falls. However, this train did not run on Mondays during the time of year we visited. (We actually came back on another day just to ride the train, but that is a story for another time.)
For our final night, we ate in the casual dining room at Salish Lodge: The Attic. Our meal was much less fancy (a pizza shared by Yuling and myself). Our server was kind enough to make Yuling a root beer float, even though it wasn’t on the menu. My overall review of the The Attic is that while it is great if you’re staying at the hotel, are too tired to go out, and don’t feel like splurging on The Dining Room, The Attic is a satisfactory option.
The next morning before heading home, we stopped for breakfast in The Dining Room. (The Attic is not open for breakfast.) As it was for our dinner, the food was absolutely delicious. Yuling had an omelette while I had french toast.