Hike Distance: 7.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1632.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1561 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 215010 feet
So I visited one of the forest road areas I have many times before. The weather was much warmer than expected but I still wore my blaze orange jacket since it’s hunting season. As a result of so much clothing I was quite warm and sweating profusely.
At low elevation the visibility wasn’t too bad but the clouds were quite low and covered the tops of all the mountains. As I ascended it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by a the clouds and the atmosphere was surreal! I love hiking in these type of conditions as it’s spooky and feels like your in the Lord of the Rings movie. 🙂
I don’t know how but my knife dropped out of it’s sheath and I had to backtrack to find it. It was laying in the middle of the road about a 1/4 of a mile back from where I was. Very peculiar that it fell out and I’m glad it’s a cheap knife. This doesn’t give me much confidence in the retention system and I’ll have to be more careful. 😦
I made a loop out of this hike, which added more distance to it. I actually wanted this longer hike so it worked out well. I only saw one truck on the road during the entire hike, which wasn’t too surprising.
As you may know I am tracking my total mileage to try and reach the 25,000 mile lifetime goal. I’m also tracking my total lifetime elevation gain, but don’t consider this a primary objective. That said, I feel very fortunate to have passed the two million foot elevation gain milestone, on this hike. It has taken 1735 hikes to reach 2,000,618 feet of elevation gain, so our typical hike has 1,135 feet of elevation gain. Most of our elevation gain occurs during the non-snow months since we don’t spend much time on the white stuff, as you might expect. Actually, the only time I actively seek elevation gain is when training for backpacking the PCT or some other goal.
Definitely a great hike and I’m looking forward to the coming months in the bad weather. haha It’s always interesting to see how the winter weather patterns affects our hiking location decisions. My wife had her arm cast removed and is now allowed to drive. This will definitely open up our options for hikes in the future, since she’s willing to drive the longer distances! 🙂