Plains of Abraham Loop

Randle, Washington

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The route travels along the east side of Windy Ridge through the severely blasted forest. Penstemon and paintbrush color the slopes between the alder and huckleberry bushes. Mount Adams is in view to the east across Smith Creek Canyon. In late July the flowers along this ridge are unrivaled. Penstemon and paintbrush nearly cover the slopes. After crossing the sixth draw the Plains of Abraham come into view ahead. The tread descends, then crosses a wash as it nears the plains. You will make a switchback as you climb out of the wash onto the desert-like plains. Few plants can withstand the rigors of this pumice desert, but a few penstemons seem to prosper and bloom. Ape and Nelson Glaciers hang to the mountain slopes ahead and above. As you get closer to the base of the mountain the path bears slightly to the right and crosses a couple of washes. This section of the Loowit Trail is marked with large cairns. In the washes the trail is rough and vague in spots.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

The route travels along the east side of Windy Ridge through the severely blasted forest. Penstemon and paintbrush color the slopes between the alder and huckleberry bushes. Mount Adams is in view to the east across Smith Creek Canyon. In late July the flowers along this ridge are unrivaled. Penstemon and paintbrush nearly cover the slopes. After crossing the sixth draw the Plains of Abraham come into view ahead. The tread descends, then crosses a wash as it nears the plains.

You will make a switchback as you climb out of the wash onto the desert-like plains. Few plants can withstand the rigors of this pumice desert, but a few penstemons seem to prosper and bloom. Ape and Nelson Glaciers hang to the mountain slopes ahead and above. As you get closer to the base of the mountain the path bears slightly to the right and crosses a couple of washes. This section of the Loowit Trail is marked with large cairns. In the washes the trail is rough and vague in spots.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 8.7
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USGS Mount St. Helens, Spirit Lake W
Driving Directions: Directions to Plains of Abraham Loop

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