Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens
by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
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We did this one as an out and back, starting at the Hummocks Trailhead and heading up to Johnston Ridge, then returning. This was a GREAT choice, because going the other way would have added greatly to the difficulty! We started in the early morning, and it was a bit foggy, but by the time we got to the Loowit overlook, it had lifted for the most part, and we got a great view of the Mountain and crater. We went the rest of the way to Johnston Ridge, and sat and watched the video as a rest, then hiked back down into the valley. It was quite a bit warmer on the way down. The trail itself is mostly a single file path and is a bit steep in places, but we found it to be well marked, and in very good shape. We had a very enjoyable time, and there were lots of places to sit and talk, and take in the view of the incredible change the mountain made in a surprisingly short amount of time. We got back very tired from the hill climb and descent, but we had a great time.
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