Ptarmigan Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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Folks looking to bag the summit start here. The Ptarmigan Trail is the only route remaining to get to the summit of Mount St. Helens since the eruption of May 18, 1980. Hikers who don’t plan to summit will also enjoy this route, as far as the Loowit Trail junction. The trail weaves through wonderful open forests, runs along nice ridgelines, and offers incredible views over the Yale Reservoir Basin all the way to Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Adams to the east.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Folks looking to bag the summit start here. The Ptarmigan Trail is the only route remaining to get to the summit of Mount St. Helens since the eruption of May 18, 1980.

Hikers who don’t plan to summit will also enjoy this route, as far as the Loowit Trail junction. The trail weaves through wonderful open forests, runs along nice ridgelines, and offers incredible views over the Yale Reservoir Basin all the way to Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Adams to the east.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens
Driving Directions: Directions to Ptarmigan Trail

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