Hiking is exercise….
Wow what a beautiful day to get outside and go for a hike. It feels great to be outside and doing what I love to do. If you want to see the details go to http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes-of-the-week/oyster-dome ……You should look up your local hiking routes and pick one to try out…
The trail starts off of Chuckanut drive SR11 mile marker 10. Drive careful there are a lot of bikers on the road and not much room.
The beginning of the hike starts at the Pacific Crest Trail Head.
Well to start off the incline is steep…so not a lot of warm up. I suggest stretching and warming up a little before you start.
Up, up, up you go….I promise the first 20 to 30 minutes will be challenging but, if you rest every 10 minutes or when you need to you, should be ok. I would really not recommend this hike for people who have not hiked up 3 miles of a hill in a long time. If you do cardiovascular activity 4 to 5 x a week and can at least do one hour you should be able to manage this hike. It took me about three hours to hike up and 2 hours to hike down.
On the way up there is not a lot of time out side of the shadow of the trees. Here is one of the first spots that you will come out of the forest and see the Bay.
Well I hate to tell you that the easy part is over because it is…after this point the hill is much steeper and wetter. There is a lot of wood and rocks that are wet with some moss to make it even more slippery so be careful……..Make sure to wear the right shoes and pay attention to the ground so you do not slip or trip.
Don’t worry you have sooooo much to look froward to when you get to the top…………..
And now it gets real serious….the incline is steep for about 20-30 minutes…….I would recommend resting every 5-10 minutes. The ground is very rough with tree roots and slippery rocks riddled through the trail; you have to make sure to stay paying attention or you could roll your ankle.
Well you are on your way………. what little treats do you have to look forward to?????….let me show you…..
Some of the creeks were soooooo cool….great sounds of water flowing down the hill-side….
Be careful climbing up some of the roots and wet rocks…….
Ok, now for all the hard work you have put in going up this hill……
Well I hope this hike was a great day of good weather and exercise. Remember to always pack the essentials in case of emergency and take plenty of food and water. If you have a knee, back problem, or any other disease or injury I would recommend getting clearance from your doctor, Physical therapist, or medical provider.
Thank you for your time and energy I hope you enjoy this trail.
Jaime J. Hernandez
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