Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens
by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
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My husband and I had a blast. It was not very challenging but it was an easy trail after all. As for the reports of the narrow trail and steep cliffs they were not all they were cracked up to be. I am affraid of heights and had no problem as long as I didn't look down from the edge. It was not cliff hugging. The mountains were wonderful and Spirit Lake was breath taking. People of all skill levels should go and enjoy a good lunch at the old observation platform. Very romantic. My only complaint is that the observatory doesn't open until 10:00 am and so we had to pay our fee after the walk.
Awesome views of Mt. St. Helens' crater and new dome, and of Spirit Lake and the "East Side" trails & pullouts (Independence Pass, Harmony, Windy Ridge ...). Acrophobes should be aware that there is a narrow portion of the Boundary Trail about 1/4 mile long that traverses a steep exposure. Two out of a group of six I hiked with turned back.
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