Dosewallips State Park
Our Winter day hike will be in the lush forests of the Olympia Peninsula. Water is always close as the trail begins in view of the river and crosses many little creeks and small waterfalls. The trail is easy to walk, there is a total 400 ft gain but in short sections balanced by views of creeks and ravines. It is a mixed forest with lots of big cedars, maples, and rhododendron bushes (we won’t see any blooms unless we have a very warm Jan and Feb). Elk are often seen in this park. This is a good hike for children or beginning hikers. We will do a 3 1/2-mile loop, with stops to take in the beauty, have lunch, and share with each other.
What to wear and bring? We will be in the trees, even if it’s not raining they maybe dripping. Rain gear is advised, a good jacket, rain pants, and water proof hat. There is no shelter so we will likely sitting on wet ground for lunch. You will need shoes with good grip as the trail maybe muddy and slick in places. Hiking poles are always a good idea if you need a little support. Pack yourself a lunch, water bottles, and any trail snacks you like.
More details: If you have a medical condition you think we should be aware of please let us know in advance, or if you have any other concerns. Wild Grief hike leaders are trained in leading hikes safely and are certified in wilderness first aid.
Getting There To help with planning we ask that you register ahead, the registration form will be added to this page soon. The drive to the park is wonderful, route 101 winds along the Hood Canal with beautiful views. It is an hour and 15 minute drive from Olympia. Carpooling is encouraged and we will post details on where and when to meet as we work them out. We’ll leave Olympia at 9:30 am to meet at the trailhead at 11am because this is a winter hike we plan to be done between 3 and 4pm.
This is a state park so a discover pass is required.
What’s a grief hike? Every grief hike begins with an opening circle, an acknowledgement of who is here and who we are carrying in our hearts. Then we walk in silence for 10 minutes. Soon the group morphs and changes, forming small groupings or solitary walkers. Conversations can be deep or light, mixing the here and now with our shut away places. And there are times of walking with another in silence. We acknowledge that each of us is somewhere in our grief journey and are welcome. After our lunch break and there is another invitation to share as a group. We end with a closing circle.