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Weldon Wagon Road
Near Husum I found the beginning of the Weldon Wagon Road Trailhead. The 2 1/2 mile wagon road was created in the early 1900’s to haul apples from the upper tablelands to the White Salmon River for transportation to markets.
It was a cold, blustery day with concrete skies. I layered up and began climbing out of the valley floor. The old wagon road quickly ascended to an open white oak savannah environment. But, as I had anticipated, the heavy gusts of westerly winds were bone-chilling on the open, exposed slopes of the deep canyon.
At the end of the wagon road there was some old rusted farm equipment left there to capture a feel for the past.
Instead of turning back I ascended logging roads for a while to the north. Being grateful for respite from the cold wind, I took a break and enjoyed a snack.
Beautiful scenery, history to be experienced, a good workout and no other hikers – – – it made one feel great to be alive.