We proved we can make IMAC hikes “work” during times of Covid! Eight of us left the Tri-Cities at 7:15 a.m. and caravanned to the Nine Mile Trailhead of the Umatilla Rim Trail. This trail is in the Umatilla National Forest. Our goal was to hike 5 miles out and then back. We ended up hiking a little further than expected – a tad over eleven miles.
The wildfire smoke had completely cleared and the temperature at 5,000 feet ranged in the 50s – 60s. Our hike took us on an easy to follow trail through both forest and meadows with a few gentle ups and downs along the way. Aside from 5 mountain bikers and a couple of grouse and squirrels, we had the trail to ourselves.