Nathan pointed to a map and said, "I want to go there." "What is the name of the trail?" I asked. "I don't know," said Nathan. I said, "I'm not going to go bushwacking where there isn't a trail. Is there a lake near there?" Nathan answered, "Nope. There is a river -- lets see ... Taylor River." I told Nathan, "I've never heard of the Taylor River, but I'll look it up." I looked it up on the Washington Trails Association trail finder on the internet, and, sure enough, there was a Taylor River trail. Nathan had originally picked this area when he looked down from an airliner and realized it was a section of the central Cascade Mountains that we had never explored. He picked well. The trail was a gem.
One of the reasons we hadn't heard of it was because the forest service calls it the "Snoqualmie Lake" trail. Taylor River trail is a better name for it, because you can go to multiple other lakes besides Snoqualmie Lake. We didn't get that far. We hiked 5 miles to Big Creek Falls and 5 miles back.
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