Hike Distance: 7.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 206.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1393 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 27029 feet
I got out late as I had some chores to complete. Battleground Lake just felt like the right place to go, but I was worried about the mud that is there in the winter rainy months. It wasn’t crowded at the parking area, and I was fortunate to not see a single hiker the entire day!
I purchased a new camera and am now trying it out on the trail. It’s the just released Olympus EM5 Mark III, and it’s a micro-four thirds camera, which is a small sensor. I chose the camera because a small sensor camera also has small lenses, and this is a very light mirrorless camera, and is much easier to carry than my Panasonic G9. So far, I’m very pleased with most of the results but need to get more familiar and proficient with it. One nice thing about this camera is that it’s actually rated for being weatherproof, and they expect you to take it out in the rain. 🙂
I walked around the lake, and stopped to take many photos. I then took a very contorted route that would be difficult to cover in detail. I basically hiked the lake loop and outer park loop. I also hiked on the rim trail, along with going down a few other trails. You typically wouldn’t get 7 miles of hiking in this park, unless you covered most of the trails, which I did.
At the end of the hike I saw the incoming gate to the park swung closed, but not the exit side. I’m not sure what the deal is but it was odd. I also saw a truck from the fire department in the parking lot, but it didn’t look serious. In addition, I saw that there was no park host for the camping area, which is also odd. Oh well, changing times.