After dropping my son off at camp in Chelan, my parents and I (along with their two English Setters) headed up to Echo Ridge. I had contemplated doing some other hikes farther away, however temperatures were forecasted to be 105F, and we need something nearby and preferably at higher elevation where the temps would be a little lower.
My go to route for a short hike at Echo Ridge is Tootsy Roll and Lolly Pop, but I had already taken my parents on that short hike last year. So it was time to try something new, and Whoop-Di-Do looked like the perfect alternative. From the lower trailhead we started heading clockwise on Lolly Pop.
It didn’t take long before we reached the junction with Whoop-Di-Do and we decided to head counter clockwise along the trail. It’s such a short loop that it really doesn’t matter what way you head, but it was either a slight incline or slight decline, so I opted for the incline. I was surprised to see some flowers still in bloom and green grass in shady areas along the way.
While it was starting to get pretty hot, there was a nice breeze and the hike had some shady spots to it, providing some relief from the sun. My parents dogs were definitely feeling the heat, but I think they covered 3 times the mileage we did, as they were busily exploring the forest trying to sniff out birds.
Near the end of the loop we spotted a lizard just off the trail. After the fact, I learned it was a pygmy short-horned lizard and it is a species of concern in Washington (the Department of Fish and Wildlife website encouraged submitting an observation, which I did).
At the junction with Lolly Pop, we stopped for a short break to give the dogs water and a treat, and then we continued on Lolly Pop back to the car. As is typical, the lot was empty and we didn’t see anyone on the hike today at Echo Ridge.