Hike Distance: 8.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 838.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 869 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 109301 feet
Yet another forest road hike, but they actually work out well since there are typically NO people and few cars on these roads. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, although it was very warm in the sun. Under the canopy it felt very cool though.
We tried do a loop hike but when we came to what should be a bridge over a creek there was nothing but profuse vegetation. We tried to get through this thick vegetation but were unsuccessful, and were concerned about twisting ankles or falling. I did get caught in some blackberry vines, and they certainly hurt. We turned around and simply made this an out-and-back hike as a result.
The Foxglove flowers were also starting to bloom and their colors are gorgeous. The colors range from purple to white to pink. Such a delight to see these flowers in bloom. 🙂
The last amazing sight was when we stepped into an opening and came upon a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier! Always snow covered and majestic. At over 14,000 feet in elevation, it can be seen for long distances on a clear day. Mt. Rainier National Park is a great place to visit if you have the chance, and it’s highly recommended.