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We hiked Harry's Ridge trail in October. The fall colors were just stunning. At the end of the trail you have a great view of the Spirit Lake and the open crater of Mt. Helens just in front of you. Not too difficult trail to...More
A day trip or two, ideally an overnight trip from Seattle or Portland, how long you stay depends on what you're interested in. On the west side, the Forest Learning Center, Coldwater Lake, and the Johnston Observatory are highlights; on the south side the Ape...More
There is quite a bit of info out there about climbing Mt. St. Helens. I summited on September 5, 2018. It was much more difficult then I expected. First the first, then seven giant boulder piles, then the ash at the very top. Once you...More
The final last words on-site at the mountain spoken to the Vancouver station monitoring the volcano.
I had no idea of the destruction. Wow.
It’s a must-do if you have time. Please listen to a Ranger-led talk about the eruption. Tour the Johnston Ridge center...More
During the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Spirit Lake received the full impact of the blast from the volcano. I remember where I was that May day in 1980 and it was a must for me to see this while in the area. The...More
We remember the eruption of Mt. St. Helens so we had to visit the site! The documentation and videos were sobering. The magnificent and dangerous power of nature was sobering, and the immense size of the eruption was truly amazing. The destruction and devastation is...More
I'm happy these days to pay a premium and book small group tours to get a more personal experience. Tour company Evergreen Escapes does just that and my group only had 7 plus the tour guide/ driver. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave...More
Actually one of the best kept secrets in the world. Beautiful scenery everywhere including the mountain itself, the big tree forests and view of nearby mountains. Countless hiking and driving opportunities. No, it won't erupt again without plenty of warning. Regarding taking dogs, research the...More
Permits for summit sellout when they go on sale each February...I got mine on the secondary site (purmit).
Hiking the summit was a must do during my visit to the area
Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Challenging hike with bouldering, minor...More
We had waited all summer to get permits for this summit and it was totally worth it. Permits are released way in advance by the national park service and are needed to go above the ~6000 ft mark. The way up is half boulder field,...More