Mount Saint Helens Journals

Mount St Helens and Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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An October 2000 trip to Mount Saint Helens by lcampbell

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Quote: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument is run by the Forest Service and is part of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This journal will cover Mount St Helens as well as other activities in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Mount St Helens and Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Overview

Mount St Helens Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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The most well known highlight of this area is of course Mount St Helens which erupted on May 18, 1980. A good place to start is at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Both the ridge and the visitor center are named after the USGS geologist, David Johnston, who perished near that site during the eruption. The ridge provides a great view of the devastated landscape, as well as the new lava dome forming in the mountain’s crater. While in the visitor center, be sure to check out the great geological exhibits. The wide-screen movie is a must see! There are many great hikes in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This journal will cover the ones I have done, but there are so many more, so you may discov...Read More

Climbing Mount St Helens

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Climbing Mount St Helens Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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It is quite an arduous process to get a permit to climb Mount St Helens, but if you had the perfect weather that we did, it is well worth the hassle. The day before you want to climb, go to Jack’s Restaurant and Store on Hwy 503, 23 miles east of Woodland, Washington. Here you pay $15 for the permit. But, there are only 100 permits allowed each day. So if there are more than 100 people who want to climb, names are drawn in a lottery system. If your name is not drawn, you get your money back. The best chance to get a permit is on weekdays, and in the off season – before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Or it may be possible to get a permit ahead of time (limited numbers) by calling (800)270-750...Read More

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Climbing Mount St Helens
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount Saint Helens, Washington

Ape Cave

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Ape Cave Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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Ape Cave is a really fun and unique hike on the south side of Mount St Helens. While there are hundreds and hundreds of lava tubes at St Helens, this is the one that is set up for use by the general public. It is the longest intact lava tube in the United States, about 2 miles long. To reach the trailhead, take Forest Service road 90 to FS road 83. Go north on 83 until you see a sign for Ape Cave. At the trailhead there is a Ranger Station where you can ask questions, sign up for a guided walk, and rent lanterns. It is recommended that each person bring two light sources and warm clothes – it is quite chilly in the cave. As you drop into the cave, you quickly lose all light and ...Read More

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Ape Cave
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount Saint Helens, Washington

Waterfalls

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Attraction | "Wonderful Waterfalls!"

Waterfalls Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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This hike is 5 miles round trip and gives views of Lower, Middle, and Upper Lewis Falls. The Lower and Upper Falls are the largest, but the Middle Falls has flat rocks to lounge on in the middle of the river. All three are amazing, and to see so many in such a short distance is uncommon.

To reach the hike, take Forest Road 90 to the Lower Falls Camping/Recreation Area. When I was there, a permit was not needed to park at the trailhead.

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Waterfalls
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mount Saint Helens, Washington

Backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness

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Backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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Goat Rocks Wilderness is a special place for me because it was where I took my first solo backpacking trip! I started out at Walupt Lake Campground, where I filled out the self-registration form at the trailhead (so they knew where to look for my body if I didn’t come back!) Then I headed up Nanny Ridge Trail. Given the name of the trail, I immediately started looking for mountain goats. Boy was I disappointed. After following the trail 4.5 miles, I hooked up with the Pacific Crest trail. Only I didn’t know it at the time because trail junction was not obvious. Luckily I ended up going the correct direction! I figured out where I was when I got to a sign that said Cispus Pass – d...Read More

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Backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mount Saint Helens, Washington

Hummocks Trail

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Hummocks Trail Photo, Mount Saint Helens, Washington
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The Hummocks Trail (#229) in Mount St. Helens National Monument provides a great view of the debris avalanche deposit that filled the North Fork Toutle River valley during the 1980 eruption. At only 2.4 miles with 300 ft of elevation change, the Hummocks Trail is great for people of all ages and abilities, while seasoned hikers will find plenty of spectacular views to keep themselves entertained. The trail winds through mounds of the material that once resided in Mount St. Helens northwest slope. Today wildflowers such as lupine and paintbrush carpet (literally, see pictures below) areas dominated by alder and willow shrubs. Look closely for the occasional hemlock and douglas-fir sapling in...Read More

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Hummocks Trail
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount Saint Helens, Washington

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lcampbell

lcampbell
Port Angeles, Washington