Hike Distance: 8.0 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 715.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1558 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 86162 feet
Heading north we opted to go hiking on a forest road in the Mt. St. Helens area. I didn’t put it together that today was the anniversary of the volcano erupting, on May 18, 1980. This was also our college graduation date from the University of Illinois! The cloud ceiling was high enough to see the volcano, but we didn’t know where the road went, and what views we’d have. The weather was a bit threatening but not forecasted to rain, until later in the day.
This wasn’t a terribly eventful hike, but was very pleasant. We saw no animals, but also no people!!! Seeing Mt. St. Helens wasn’t in the cards, but we actually got a stellar view of Mt. Rainier, and the surrounding mountains! 🙂 This was an unexpected surprise, and we stood there and enjoyed the view for about 10 minutes. I took plenty of pictures.
Our elevation gain was a bit more than we’ve been typically doing, and my back didn’t do well today. I’m just chalking it up to adjustment of my body to the leg lifts, which could take up to a year. It was still nice to climb in elevation, and I was surprised that there was no snow, especially since we reached an elevation of close to 4000 feet. The snow line couldn’t have been far above us?
The weather was changing late in our hike, and the wind picked up. Good timing to end the hike. A great day in the fresh air. 🙂