Type of HikeDay hike
Our fourth hike of the weekend was a resounding success! The Hummocks Trail is a gem of a hike - a 2.5 mile loop with great views, geologic oddities and wildlife. My Hike-a-Thon season got off to a rocky start yesterday with my 2 1/2 year old melting down as the bigger kids took the lead on the hike. Today, we split the group up. One adult went ahead with the two fast kids, while two others stayed behind with the toddler and the oldest child. It worked well. For how easy it is, this trail is fabulous. The loop winds gently up and down, through meadows, ponds and hummocks until it reaches the North Fork Toutle River (well below). Mount St. Helens is in sight much of the way, and I think the views are better than at Johnston Ridge. The foliage, the hummocks, the river and flowers make it look much more interesting that the barren blast zone does. The hummocks were fascinating as well. But what really captured the kids' interest were the ponds. We saw evidence of beavers. We saw a big frog, lots of dragonflies, caterpillars, butterflies and more. We'll be back.