It has been a few days since I hiked the steep trail up the face of McBee Hill outside Benton City and my legs are still aching!
It probably doesn’t help that I went on a bike ride early the next morning before work. I guess I need to put in a little more regular steep hill hiking to get in better shape.
This was the first time I took the steep trail and I was moving at a pretty good clip to try and get up the hill for a good view of the sunrise.
I had the added motivation of another hiker who was ahead of me. I wanted to catch up to him and his dog but I couldn’t quite do it.
I got a great view of the pre-sunrise sky to the east. I got to the top in about 25 minutes. This is a very steep climb. I wanted to make a little loop so I went up the straight trail, up the ridge and came down the switchback trail on the face of the hill just to the east.
At the top, I had a nice chat with the guy who was ahead of me. He had his dog along and said he hiked this hill regularly.
This was a great hike and I look forward to more challenges in the future. I’ll probably take some fast hikes up Badger to tune up a little beforehand to try and prevent the soreness.