Hike Distance: 6.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 225.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 55 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 27208 feet
Being very concerned about my back I decided to take a different approach to this hike. A nice level trail was desired so I could focus on moving slowly but with a symmetrical gait and good posture. The Willapa Hills trail is such a wonderful place and fit my needs for this hike.
Quite a few walkers were there, despite being a bit cold and wet. That said, we got past all but the trail runners by the time we were about 1.5 miles out. 🙂 The nice thing about this trail are crossing the trestle bridges with views of the Chehalis River, and hiking past all the nice green farmland! There’s a nice rural feel to this trail and it’s quite remote and enjoyable. This trail is 56 miles long and spans from Chehalis to South Bend, in Washington.
We were also greeted by the steam engine whistle of the Chehalis railroad. There are rides available on the weekend, but I’m not sure of the schedule. We watched as it approached and loved seeing the steam expelled into the air.
It seems my plan for concentrating on hiking slowly and keeping good posture paid off in spades!!! I had minimal pain in my back and no pain was referred to any other part of my hip or leg! This felt like a turning point and I was very hopeful when we finished. Here’s hoping for improvement on future hikes. 🙂