Mount St Helens Area Loops Backpacking

Randle, Washington

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Mount St. Helens was once the prettiest mountain in the Pacific Northwest. Its almost perfect conical shape, glistening white glaciers, and deep-green surrounding forests made it strikingly attractive. That changed, of course, one Sunday morning in May 1980, when this volcano put on a demonstration of violence that will be remembered for generations to come. The devastation left by that eruption is still amazing to behold even though trees, flowers, and shrubs are slowly replacing the wasteland of brown and gray. The mountain and its surroundings can no longer be called “pretty,” but the barren landscape is fascinating to observe.
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by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Mount St. Helens was once the prettiest mountain in the Pacific Northwest. Its almost perfect conical shape, glistening white glaciers, and deep-green surrounding forests made it strikingly attractive. That changed, of course, one Sunday morning in May 1980, when this volcano put on a demonstration of violence that will be remembered for generations to come.

The devastation left by that eruption is still amazing to behold even though trees, flowers, and shrubs are slowly replacing the wasteland of brown and gray. The mountain and its surroundings can no longer be called “pretty,” but the barren landscape is fascinating to observe.

©  Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 56
Elevation Gain: 7,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-6 days
Season: Usually open late June to late October; best late June to mid-July
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USFS - Mount St. Helens
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount St. Helens Area Loops (Backpacking)

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