Hike Distance: 5.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1269.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 708 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 167510 feet
What a freaking hot day! I just decided to stay close to home so I could get in and out as soon as possible. As usual I pay the parking fee to park at WSU since it’s probably much less likely have my car broken into. It was surprisingly crowded at the university but that didn’t affect the trail system. 🙂
I started out just walking through the main campus and then heading out to the Pleasant Valley Park. There are huge opportunities for pictures of Salmon Creek in this area, and I took advantage of that! I bumped into a Clark County employee and asked when the closed trail with the fallen tree would reopen? He said they were trying to get companies to quote a price but that there were no takers. I asked why Clark County couldn’t do it, since they have all the equipment, and he mentioned that they just want to subcontract it. Oh well.
The heat was bad but I kept very hydrated and made sure I ate plenty to restore electrolytes. I stopped to switch out my second quart of powerade and discovered I only had two quarts! I thought I had three quarts but was mistaken. 😦
I continued back to the WSU campus and started the long counter-clockwise loop around the campus. I was going through my fluids quickly, and then noticed my pee was very golden, and that’s not a good sign. I decided to terminate the hike and took a shortcut back to the car, which went through a cooler stand of trees. My bad in not making sure I had enough fluids. I drank another quart of powerade as soon as I got to my car. This heat sure sucks, but getting heat exhaustion is worse, and isn’t an option.