What a difference a week makes.
The week before I was hiking on the east side of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. It was a hot and humid day with lots of haze from wildfires, and much of the area was the site of a 2010 wildfire. I literally couldn’t drink enough water to stay hydrated.
The second Saturday of September found me on the west side of the 59-square-mile Wilderness. It was cool and drizzly with low-lying clouds. I relished it!
The summit of 4,969-foot Whetstone Mountain was my objective. It’s a relatively easy 2 1/2 mile climb to the top. The trail passes through old-growth forest along the way.
On the lower part of the trail there were some very large Douglas firs. Near the top it turned to a sub-alpine fir and mountain hemlock forest. Both sections were very enjoyable.
There was fresh bear sign but I never spotted any bears. But, I did see an elk and two bunches of blue grouse.
It was a wonderful day in the woods. And, like the previous week’s hike in the Bull of the Woods, I didn’t see another person on the trail.