Hike Distance: 7.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1898.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1963 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 243760 feet
I felt like some elevation gain but obviously overdid it, after ascending 1963 feet. I love this area and knew there was plenty of elevation gain to be had. I parked at the Moulton Falls Trail at the Hantwick Road parking area and just started walking up the road to a gate that leads into Washington DNR (Department of Natural Resources) land. This land is open to the public and is typically devoid of people.
I kept ascending up the road, and it seemed to never end. I took it slowly as my SI joint was not too happy with this decision. I finally got to a side road and set out to explore where it went. Several roads spawned from this side road and all led to views of the Yacolt valley area, and most of the views were very nice. It sure helped to have some fog or clouds in the pictures! Unfortunately, some of the views were tainted by clear cuts and various stages of new tree growth. However, I did see some daisies blooming and it brought a smile to my face.
On the return hike I heard a dog barking constantly, in the location where I was going. The dog barking didn’t bother me but I was concerned the dog was sounding an alarm to possibly deer, elk or maybe even a bear or cougar? This bothered me enough that I was on guard for much of the return hike to my car. There always seems to be some issue on every hike, and it sure makes for another story. 🙂
It turns out it was uneventful getting back to the car. When I returned there was a family with kids and several dogs preparing to go for a walk. It was so lucky for me that I must have stepped in a pile of crap, possibly from their dogs, or maybe not. Either way I had one boot that smelled like crap. P.U
Another day and more storied to tell! 🙂