Jackpine Shelter Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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The Jackpine Shelter Interpretive Trail explores an old forest and its interaction with the surrounding volcanic environment. Despite the Mount St. Helens catastrophe of May 18, 1980, this beautiful, ancient forest grove remains wonderfully intact. The trees, primarily Douglas- and noble firs, were sheltered from the blast— its heat was most severely felt to the north of this area. The trees and forest ecosystem here survived the eruption, but some damage did occur. This trail explores the Pine Creek Basin, which was gouged deeply by massive mudflows that followed the blast. Farther on, the south flank of Mount St. Helens is visible with all its scars and mantle of gray ash. The route also passes historic Jackpine Shelter, a shack that was built in 1932 to keep backcountry visitors (primarily rangers and hunters) warm and dry.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Jackpine Shelter Interpretive Trail explores an old forest and its interaction with the surrounding volcanic environment. Despite the Mount St. Helens catastrophe of May 18, 1980, this beautiful, ancient forest grove remains wonderfully intact. The trees, primarily Douglas- and noble firs, were sheltered from the blast— its heat was most severely felt to the north of this area. The trees and forest ecosystem here survived the eruption, but some damage did occur.

This trail explores the Pine Creek Basin, which was gouged deeply by massive mudflows that followed the blast. Farther on, the south flank of Mount St. Helens is visible with all its scars and mantle of gray ash. The route also passes historic Jackpine Shelter, a shack that was built in 1932 to keep backcountry visitors (primarily rangers and hunters) warm and dry.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,800 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens
Driving Directions: Directions to Jackpine Shelter Trail

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