Mount St Helens Summit via Monitor Ridge Trails 216A and 216H

Cougar, Washington 98616

Mount St Helens Summit via Monitor Ridge Trails 216A and 216H

Mount St. Helens Summit via Monitor Ridge Trails 216A and 216H Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike first through dense forest, then cross an open slope with a great view, to a junction with the Loowit Trail. Then make the nontechnical but strenuous climb up the south side of Mount St. Helens to the summit, on the rim of the 1980 eruption crater."

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11/17/2018
Started at 3AM for a sunrise hike. Camped at Climber's Bivouac the night before. The sun was just peeking over the horizon as I was headed up the last pitch -- should have started a half hour earlier to get sunrise on the crater rim (sunrise was officially 7:12). Snow up the last pitch was frozen and packed; it was relatively easy to walk up through others' footsteps. Used crampons on the way down, didn't feel the need to get out my ice axe.
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Trail Information

Cougar
Nearby City
9.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
June through September
Season
USDA Forest Service, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Monument Headquarters, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd., Amboy, WA 98601; (360) 449-7800; www.fs.fed.us/ gpnf/mshnvm
Local Contacts
USGS Mount St. Helens 71/2-min. quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018