|Heather on the Benson Plateau|
|Descending into a creek bottom on the Benson Plateau|
|Starting the big descent on the Ruckel Creek Trail|
|Stopping to enjoy the view into the Gorge|
The descent on this trail is crazy. It looses 3500' of elevation in about 4 miles. It was the most unrelenting downhill I believe I have ever hiked. And it was all the more challenging with a 35 lb pack. I can only imagine what it would be like to hike up!
While we survived the trail just fine (for me I am sure all the triathlon training I did this spring paid off!), I am sure none of us will ever hike that part again. I would instead just go in and out on the Eagle Creek Trail. My legs are still recovering from those last four miles. This might possibly be the sorest my legs have ever been!