Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.9 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 799.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1042 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 105655 feet

Partly cloudy and comfortable temperatures were welcome.  The growing heat is requiring us to carry more fluid, and it slows us down when gaining altitude.  Although we love the warm summer weather it can be a challenge to go on a long hike without being drained.  As the summer moves on we’ll mostly likely go to the higher altitudes and cooler temperatures it provides.

Although it appears all of our forest hikes are in pristine areas I must confess that there are more clear-cuts than we want to see.  Actually, I don’t want to see any clear-cuts, but this is the pacific northwest and a main industry is logging. 😦  I purposely spare showing the pictures of the devastation as it’s best to focus on the positive attributes of a hike.

On this hike we followed a road that turned to grass and was overgrown.  It was like a beautiful uncut lawn.  We would normally worry about Ticks in these areas but we wear a complete outfit of Insect Shield clothing, which is extremely effective in repelling Ticks, Mosquitoes and other biting insects.  Insect Shield clothing has synthetic Permethrin bonded to it, and this chemical can survive 70 washings, which is why we wash our clothing once a week.  We’re most worried about Ticks as they can carry some very nasty diseases, such as Lyme disease.  Ticks actually tumble off this clothing as it appears to severely/fatally damage their legs, and ability to hold on to the fabric. 🙂

One of the nicer late spring days to be outside!