I missed my training run this past weekend, but only because I was going on an amazing and epic hike.
We went on an all day hike that starting at Mt. St. Helen’s Johnston Ridge Observatory.
The hike was long and challenging, but very pretty. Our only regret is that the clouds had closed around Coldwater Peak by the time we got to the top.
Strangely enough, because of the clouds, we never did catch a glimpse of Mount St. Helens. But we did get to see all the devastation from the eruption… And how much it has started to grow back since then.
To make up for my missed training run, I did powerwalk up the last 3/4 mile from the trail turn off to the top of the peak. So. Many. Switchbacks. Needless to say, it was quite difficult.
Distance: 13.5 miles
Total climbing: Approx 2,100 feet
From a distance, Coldwater peak and lake
On our way up Coldwater peak, Clouds moved in to cover the view
Hiking up A hill, but not THE hill. (There were a lot of hills)
Taylor and I underneath the natural stone arch
On the way back, Jason under the same arch, but with the much denser cloud cover
From the top of coldwater peak, there was no view, just clouds. It’s not apparent from the picture, but that cloudy abyss was really kind of freaky.
Jason numbered each switchback and marked them with landmarks. Last view before the clouds at switchback 12, imposing cliff at 3, but pretty flowers at #7… so Taylor posed.
Me in the lead, Taylor following, heading to switchback #1 on the turn off to Coldwater Peak Summit. Notice all the blasted trees littering the landscape, leftover from the eruption.