On Jan 21st I completed my second hike for the 52 Hike Challenge. I did this with the We Hike Meetup. We drove to Lyle, WA and took the Centerville Highway and arrived at the trailhead along the trail on Harms Rd.
This is the upper portion of the Klickitat Rails to Trails that is 31 miles long. We hiked into Swale Canyon with a 500 foot elevation gain hiking out. We did 11.72 miles according to STRAVA.
I found this to be a beautiful stark section of the trail. I was told that during the warmer weather rattlesnakes are abundant in this area. Also during the fire season this section of the trail is closed. The trail is up on the plateau. While hiking I tried to picture being in a train looking out the window.
It was cold when we did this hike. There was ice in the river and the rocky outcrops had icicles on them.
We saw a pile of what looked like deer fur on the trail. It looked like it had been there for a long time. Made me realize how harsh this environment is. Looking up the canyon we saw 3 deer running away from us. I was amazed that they reacted to us from so far away.
There were some portions of the trail that went through patches of trees.
We did get some snow flurries while we were hiking. I stayed warm in my new OR jacket.
I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.