If you're a local yokel here in Western Washington, hitting the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from the Hyak trail head in Iron Horse State Park is a really fun way to spend the day with the kids. Although, the time before the tunnel closes for the season is nigh. I think it's sometime in early November, but I wanted to get my thoughts down while they were still fresh. Definitely worth earmarking for the spring, or heading out to beat the cabin fever on a rainy fall day in the next few weeks.
|bring layers - it gets COLD in the tunnel|
The best way to enjoy your flashlight walk is to park at the Hyak trail head and less than a quarter of a mile from the parking lot is the beginning of the tunnel. Headlamps, as well as flashlights, are a big hit with the punks. We're contemplating glow sticks, necklaces, etc. for our next visit.
|all set with her headlamp (best thing everrr) and her 'smartphone'|
|maybe 25-30 feet in? DARK!|
|made it to the other side!|
|bringing binoculars on a hike is always a good idea|
The kids still talk about it all the time and I'm sure they'll be chomping at the bit to go 'tunnel hiking' in the spring.
|requisite family photo|