On a hot, sunny mid-July hike to the Plains of Abraham on the east side of Mt. St. Helens’ blast zone, I unexpectedly had lots of company.
I knew that there would be other hikers and many mountain bicyclists as the day wore on, but little did I know there would be a trail-runners’ competition.
It turned out the Bigfoot 100k/45-mile Ultra Trail Runners Race was being held on the same day. They were running around the mountain on the Loowit Trail. My outing took me on the Loowit Trail for about three miles into the blast zone before turning around and returning to the Ape Canyon Trailhead.
I stepped off the trail many times to let them, and many mountain bicyclists, pass.
This makes the second trail-runners race this year I have been caught in. The first was the 50k Tillamook Burn Race in May in the Coastal Mountains.