Forest Road Hike West of Mt. St. Helens

Hike Distance: 8.9 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 803.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 678 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 97275 feet

A new forest road for us to investigate!  This area was nice but these younger trees didn’t offer much refuge from the intense sun and warmth.  We explored around and found a whole bunch of dead ends.  The road map we had showed the roads going through, but in actuality they all seemed to terminate on streams/creeks.

The biggest highlight was seeing a deer on the road.  We froze in place long enough to take some pictures.  We also saw an elk and young one but they quickly moved back into the forest, and no photos could be taken.  We really love seeing the animals, and they seem to be coming out more in the late spring/early summer, probably due to large amounts of food!

It turned out to be a nice long hike and I felt pretty good today!  An enjoyable day for some exercise.