Hike Distance: 7.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1146.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1247 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 146450 feet
We drove north from our home into the cascade mts, west of Mt. St. Helens, and hiked up one of the forest roads. It was terribly hot and humid so we knew it would be a short hike.
The beginning of the hike was out in the open and this wasn’t a good thing. The hot sun was beating down upon us and we were sweating profusely. The road continuously ascended, but at a decent grade, so we were able to handle the exertion. After about 2.3 miles we reached solid tree cover and a beautiful canopy of deciduous trees! The temperature was a good 10-15 degrees cooler than out in the open, and the hike was now comfortable and more of a pleasure.
We didn’t go much further and turned around and headed toward the trailhead. It was still hot but the entire length back was downhill. My wife got bit by some nasty bug, and I think it was a Stag beetle, at the end of the hike? She took off her shirt and I saw it fly away. It wasn’t a wasp and looked like a large beetle. Looking it up on Google, and watching a YouTube video, the Stag Beetle was definitely it. I didn’t know there were any biting beetles. Whoa!
A fairly nice day but this area would be better in cooler weather.