Hike Distance: 7.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 93.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 1355 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 10955 feet
Okay, I’m going to be honest. This forest road experience sucked big time. The drive to this road was full of brand new clearcuts, and they were logged right up to the road. Once we parked it was a short road walk to what felt like a highway. And, this highway had way more traffic then we’ve ever seen on a typical forest road.
Once on this main road we found large expanses of clear cuts! So we decided to get off this main road and were now on a natural gas right-of-way! These natural gas right-of-ways looks horrible, and they went on forever. Couple with this that there were power lines going through this area and you have one big ugly disgusting mess.
It’s a disgrace to see such devastation in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, we know that the natural resources and utilities are going to be somewhere, but all in one place just wasn’t our cup of tea. It is true that there were some nice roads with big trees, and no traffic, but it was a small portion of the hike. The most positive side of this hike was that my back held up quite well for this distance and elevation gain, and is a big win! 🙂