San Josef Bay – Mt Patrick Hike
The hike was 10K RT (reportedly and it felt about that) with 1400ft elevation gain. Most of the trail was in an inch to a foot of loamy muck between tree roots. It was a dirty, ankle breaker of a slog…yet the path took you through thick rich rainforest
With huge trees, moss and mushrooms
in which we found salmon berries and huckleberries
to a stunted forest
and a summit with a view of the Pacific ocean and our last anchorage.
Hard to say if we would recommend it or not. I’m not a huge fan of hikes that are so technically demanding that you have to keep your head down focused on the path the entire time. It takes away from my enjoyment of the hike. If it has been dry lately (rare around here) then definitely I would do it again. On the other hand, the hike was gorgeous and I’ve only seen a stunted forest one other time (near Tofino).