Hike Distance: 8.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1025.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 1629 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 151372 feet
A very nice hike with some great elevation gain. The road was very rocky and I twisted my knee during our ascent, which only led to worse knee issues later in the hike. 😦 We ended the hike early due to my knee, which was a shame.
We had a short talk with a person that was driving by in a truck, but kept a long distance from their window. It’s rare for us to see any people, and was quite nice to have a short talk, for a change!
This hike had a bit more elevation gain than usual and we were glad the wind cooled us down, at least at the higher elevations. There were plenty of flowers but most of what we saw were weeds. Still, the Lupine and Foxglove added some additional nice colors. There were also some ripe Salmonberries, but I don’t really enjoy their mild flavor, and will wait for the Blackberries to ripen, and also look forward to the Huckleberries later in the summer.
Our hike was in the vicinity of Moulton Falls, WA and we drove by the over filled parking areas. We were appalled to see so many people, in close proximity, without masks. If you didn’t know better you’d think everything is back to normal. So sad and disappointing. 😦