Hike Distance: 7.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 347.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1972 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 46849 feet
This hike is the beginning of my fear of being around people, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. I must admit that I’m terrified and fear the worst for me and my family. I know that my family, wife and I are in great shape, but this virus takes no prisoners. As of this hike I’ll be attempting to isolate myself from now on. Unfortunately, this also means that my wife and I will not be going out in public, or shopping at any stores. We’re even finding it necessary to isolate ourselves from our children and grand-children, which is an excruciating experience, and for an unknown length of time. I’ve never felt so imprisoned and isolated, and certainly never seen anything like this in my lifetime! 😦
So I decided to try and hike on DNR (Washington Department of Natural Resources) land, to limit confronting any people. It was a wonderful hike, and I won’t explain the route I took as it turns out just to be a bland road walk. I definitely prefer walking on real trails, but at least I got out and felt free of the pandemic, for at least a few hours. The hike was devoid of people until I was within about 0.5 miles of my car, and then I met two trail runners and a couple of mountain bikers. Unfortunately, the trail runners didn’t realize that they violated my need to stay at least six feet away from me, but I backed up to get further away. At this early date, for the pandemic, it seems most people just don’t respect the magnitude and seriousness of this issue, but we all know this will change!
I got some good photos of Mt. St. Helens and of western Clark County. The western side of this road system has been heavily logged, but it does allow great views of Clark County, WA! I also discovered that there exists quite a few mountain bike trails, that I presume are illegal, and it’s sad to see.
A nice day, but I won’t be hiking here as this experience, and previous experiences, show that this area is frequented too often for me. I’ll have to say goodbye to this area until this pandemic is over, or I’m no longer alive.