Most of this hike is a walk among giants. Monster cedar and hemlock trees throughout this journey are astounding, and the timespan of this trek depends on how enchanted you are by these magnificent Goliaths. Stop and look up as often as your neck muscles will allow.
About 10 minutes into the hike, you confront the first minor fork in the trail. While it may be tempting to continue straight down a well-trodden path, turn left onto the bridge instead. The fork that carries on straight quickly comes to an end as it meets water.
After crossing the bridge, the path comes head-on to a small offshoot of the Adams River a few short minutes later. Here, the trail T-splits. Take the left fork and parallel the west shoreline of the Adams River.
At the 2 km (30-minute) mark of the journey a trail branches to the left at a 90° angle. Continue straight along the riverside, and five minutes later you will pop out of the forest into a solid rock clearing. Below you is a torrential back eddy caused by the very rock outcropping you are standing on. This swirling action has fashioned a fabulous beach about 15 to 20 metres wide, with a depth that varies with the water level.
You can return the same way or complete a small loop that reconnects with the trail at a point you passed five minutes before you arrived at the beach. The trail is marked with cairns exiting the beach into the forest, and it climbs slightly uphill for a couple of minutes. Turn left when you approach a grass-covered road, and a minute of walking down this road will bring you to a left turn down a trail that places you back on the main riverside trail. Turn right and head back to the trailhead.