Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens
by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
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The beginning of this trail is absolutely beautiful! After you get off of the paved switchbacks you get some incredible views of a huge waterfall and some lava flowage. Amazing!! In all of my research to do this trail today, nothing indicated that parts of it were closed. We could only hike about a 1/4 mile to the suspension bridge then signs said the loop was closed at this point. I believe a bridge on the return trail is out. So be sure and check on this before you go. We can't wait to go back when we can hike the entire loop...the water is just beautiful!
The environs were worth the trek, rainbows over the falls, emense rock and lava formations, wonderful forested areas, and the best natural A/C ever at the bottom of the falls. Dissapointed that the suspension bridge is closed. The trail is well described, and just a note, when it sais, "Most difficult trail" Do NOT take your children, under 12 no matter how skilled, it becomes a goat trail on a very steep cliff, not to mention crossing the waterfall was an adrenaline rush all it's own for my small kids. Just the right amount of challenge though and then we turned around and headed back before the trail got to skinny for them.
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