A question everyone that carries a gun for protection really needs to ask themselves (and give an honest answer to) is "Are you, without a doubt, fully prepared to use it if the need arises?"
It's easy to buy a gun and practice at the range under controlled circumstances. It's easy to holster it inside your jacket and tell yourself that you'll use it if you have to. It makes you feel safe when you carry. But it may be a false sense of security. But when it comes down to that unforeseen moment when your life might be in danger, how will you respond? Unless your battle-tested, nobody knows how it will play out. And our laws don't play into your favor necessarily if you use a gun to defend yourself. If you end up killing some meth-head because he was threatening your life, don't be surprised at how our legal system will respond in making your life hell. I have no experience with this, but I do know that when I was younger I thought I'd get my CWP and occasionally carry. But when I read "In the Gravest Extreme" by Massad Ayoob, I really started to question my decision. I haven't packed a piece of self defense since. Now, if my family were threatened I can say with confidence that I would die for them. But in the woods, on the banks of a remote river, when confronted by some freaky dude, would I be capable of pulling out a gun and pointing it at him and pulling the trigger? I really don't know. But if you plan to carry a gun you have to be prepared to use it. You can't bluff with a gun- if you hesitate one second too long it may be too late. If you draw your weapon and point it, you best be prepared to pull the trigger. And you best be able to prove without a doubt to a court of law that your actions were necessary. I'd carry a can of bear spray before I'd carry a handgun for protection.
I agree that most of the time you will not need the gun but the one time you do you better hope you have it, know how to use it, and have a good lawyer because you'll likely have a lot of explaining to do.
If you fish the middle fork of the snoqualmie and think it's peaceful and safe check this link out.
BTW I hunt grouse out that way and have come across 99.9% normal people and a few kooks including two militia types packing enough heat for WWIII. I have also heard a lot of plinking ot that way from small arms to fully auto AKs
It really depends on what you are packing. I wear my HK usp compact on my thigh rig and just let it go underwater..... If you have a polymer pistol like Hk or glock that is the most out of the way, yet accessable place.