Boulder River Trail, Boulder River Wilderness - Puget Sound / Olympic Foothills WA
I did a little research, and Brian said this area is called the Boulder River Trail just beyond Arlington, about 20 miles, almost to Darrington. You take a right on a nearly unmarked road off 530, called French Creek Road or Road 2010. Parking and the trailhead is about 3.5 miles in. In a nutshell, this is a gorgeous area, maybe typical of the Pacific Northwest. Wet, drizzly, rainy, waterfalls, huge cedar, if not redwoods, huge maple, and others, lots of waterfalls, and moss and ferns and very dense.We had an incredible hike to conclude my awesome trip to Seattle. Bula is two, and a near-white golden retriever. He's a total retriever, jumping in the river, sniffing the trail for creatures, and always waiting for his dad. Really nice pup.
Brian and I go way back. As far back as any friend I have. It was quite a treat to get together again, the first time I've visited him in his new home. Ironically, we talked about the challenges of being parents, again and again, realizing what a challenge we were to our parents. Ah, poetic justice. I wonder if my parents will read this, and get a chuckle.