7.5 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
I drove up to the Rooster Rock TH and threw my bike in the bushes. Then drove down and started at the Old Bridge TH. I was expecting a ridge walk, but this was more of a "below the ridge walk", in the cool woods for several hours with just a few wildflower meadows and viewpoints along the way. Trail is very well maintained. It was a pleasant gradual uphill grade, just one steep section around mile 3. After 5 1/2 miles and over 3500 ft gain, I reached "Chicken Rock", which gives great views of Rooster Rock and other pinnacles, plus all the surrounding cascade mountains. Continued on the trail towards Pechuck, but ultimately decided to skip it this time. and just dropped down to the upper Rooster Rock TH. Zero humans. Fun bomber ride down the gravel road back to my car.