Whittier Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 5,195 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,183 feet. Mount Whittier (elevation 5,814 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Whittier Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trail was carved out of cliff faces and mountaintops. The route is long, sun-baked, and incredibly scenic, while the trail itself is rough, steep and very exposed. One section on the flank of Whittier was blasted from a sheer rock face—anyone with acrophobia should be prepared for a case of the jitters, as the trail on this section features a sheer drop. Indeed, given the rough-hewn nature of much of the Mount Whittier section of the route, we join the national monument officials in recommending that only experienced hikers comfortable on scramble routes attempt this trail. Those who don’t want to deal with the vertigo-inducing exposure and rock-strewn trail can still enjoy this route—just make it an out-and-back trek on the northern (lakes region) section of the loop component, skipping Whittier’s rugged slope altogether."
--Dan A. Nelson , Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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