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It was a hot sunny day on the west side of the 59-square-mile Bull of the Wood Wilderness. I was the only one at the trailhead.
The summit of 4,969-foot Whetstone Mountain was my objective, the site of a long-removed wildfire lookout facility.
It should have been a relatively easy 2 1/2 mile climb to the top. But, it had been a long time since there had been any trail maintenance. Big sections of the trail were so overgrown I couldn’t see my feet. I suspect the lower trail will be closed in several more years.
On the lower part of the trail there were some very large old-growth Douglas firs. Near the top it turned to a sub-alpine fir and mountain hemlock forest.
To my surprise, there were ripe huckleberries to munch on. I’m guessing this is going to be a banner year for wilderness berries.