This is probably my favourite part to hike. The stream is still powerful with lush vegetation. Tall cedars, firs and alders filter the sunlight while the ground lays carpeted in ferns and brambles. I’ve often seen robins on this part of the trail, swishing their tails and disappearing into the thicket when I pass.
This section is also the best for viewing salmon in the fall. They struggle upstream and after spawning, their limp bodies float downstream or wash up on the banks, filling the air with their pungent decay.