A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens Guide Book

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
A FalconGuide to Mount St Helens  by Fred Barstad

240pp/photos/maps/elevation profiles
ISBN: 076272871X

On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens spewed 540 million tons of gas and ash, toppled miles of trees, and sent devastating debris flowing down its flanks. Two years later Congress established the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to allow the volcanically altered landscape to recover naturally and to provide for educational, recreational, and research opportunities. Today the 110,000-acre monument has become a world-renowned attraction, with many thousands of visitors each year. This book offers 23 trails — from short self-guided tours to multiday backpacks — that will help you get the most out of your time on this extraordinary mountain. Through explorations of Lava Canyon, the Plains of Abraham, and much more, the author offers a close-up look at the destruction and remarkable recovery of Mount St. Helens. He discusses the area’s natural and cultural history and points out the geological features, flora, and fauna that make this dynamic region so fascinating and unique.

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Trails from the "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 23.
... Preview: The Ape Canyon Trail provides one of the best possible places to observe and study the effects that a large lahar has on the landscape. This route climbs along the edge of the huge Muddy River Lahar, ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
... Preview: Climb gently through old-growth forest, passing rushing streams, then enter the Blast Zone of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. After hiking through another sheltered patch of large timber, and topp ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This hike takes you across lava beds and through forest from Redrock Pass Trailhead on the Toutle Trail to a junction with the Butte Camp Trail, then on to the Loowit Trail at timberline on the southe ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
... Preview: This short loop walk through magnificent old-growth forest is an excellent hike for small children, with adult supervision. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the huge trees, moss- and fern-covered ground ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Carson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
... Preview: This entire hike is within the Blast Zone of the May 18, 1980, eruption, and features elk and blacktails. This hike leads you up a ridge from South Coldwater Trailhead on the South Coldwater Trail, pa ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Toutle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
... Preview: This hike takes you northeast from Johnston Ridge, passing above St. Helens Lake. You’ll then climb the open flower-covered slopes to the summit of Coldwater Peak, where a fire lookout once stood. From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Toutle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
... Preview: This hike through the forest takes you to two lakes that were formed sometime between 1480 and 1780, when mudflow debris caused by Mount St. Helens volcanic activity blocked and altered the drainage p ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: Hike from Harmony Viewpoint to the shore of Spirit Lake, all the way passing through landscape and plant communities that are rebuilding and reestablishing themselves after the catastrophic 1980 erupt ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: This is a relatively short and easy hike through the remains of the 1980 Debris Avalanche. You should have plenty of time to stop at the points of interest before reaching the trailhead or (better) on ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Toutle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
... Preview: The Independence Loop offers some of the best scenery to be found in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, including Spirit Lake, the gaping crater of Mount St. Helens, the huge volcanic cones ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.1
... Preview: A popular ski trail that sees some horse use, the Kalama Ski Trail is used as an access trail or combined with other trails to make loops. The trail is almost always in the woods and atop lahar deposi ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 10.9
... Preview: This route passes as least five lakes as it undulates through the Blast Zone and the glacially eroded remains of twenty-million-year-old Spirit Lake Pluton. From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 24.8
... Preview: There are two hike possibilities from the Lava Canyon Trailhead: a short loop past some of the best waterfalls at Mount St. Helens, and a difficult descent of the Muddy River Gorge, aka Lava Canyon. W ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: A 34-mile round-the-mountain trek that offers spectacular views of a landscape often devastated, but sometimes almost untouched, by the 1980 eruption. The Truman and Windy Trails offer one of the easi ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 34
... Preview: The trip to June Lake is one of the most popular ski tours from the Marble Mountain Snopark. If the snow is good, the skiing is easy. Other skiing and snowshoeing options are available, and the snopar ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: Take the short walk from Miners Car Exhibit through the blown-down forest of the Blast Zone as you stroll to Meta Lake, soaking in the proof of nature’s tremendous survival and rejuvenating capabiliti ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: This hike climbs through the blown-down but slowly rejuvenating forest from Norway Pass Trailhead to Norway Pass, then follows the very spine of the Mount Margaret Backcountry to the summit of Mount M ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
... Preview: This route first heads south along Windy Ridge, with views of Mount Adams to the east, then climbs a flower-covered ridge to the Plains of Abraham. After climbing Windy Pass it returns across the Pumi ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.7
... Preview: This hike takes you through dense forest and across an open slope with a great view. You’ll then make the nontechnical but strenuous climb up the south side of Mount St. Helens to its summit on the ri ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
... Preview: Starting in large old-growth forest, this hike climbs to near timberline. Then, as you descend Crescent Ridge, you can see the destructive power of a volcanic eruption in the form of blasted trees and ... From the guidebook "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens"
Cougar, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.5