Hansen Ridge Trail #1020 (Little Saint Helens) is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Bend, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, in partnership with the US Forest Service and Mountains to Sound Greenway, secured grants to remove the first series of forest roads from the system and convert some of them into single track mountain bike trail. Phase 1 of the Hansen Ridge trail is just over 4 miles each way. The climb is nice up the trail, and most will choose to do this ride as an 8 mile out-and-back, resulting in a total accumulated climb of about 1300 ft. The trail flows nice, and is a bit loose in places. The character of the trail will improve as Evergreen does trail finishing and maintenance. The trail is a comprised of two converted roads that connect with a trail about half way. The converted road/trails were made to simulate a trail out of a straight section of road and wind around from left to right with some small rollers and sections of rock and trees. The views from along the trail are spectacular, particularly on the upper segment. The trail head used to be a popular shooting pit but as of Nov 7, 2011 notices have been posted prohibiting target shooting there. Forest Service regulations prohibit discharging a firearm withing 150 yards of the trailhead. If you see shooting activities, report it to USFS (http://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/mbs/about-forest/contactus)
A good amount of snow cover from trail head to top. It was also a little tricky to find the fork to the summit (it's marked with a cairn and orange tape). Our GPS showed 9ish miles round trip. If the weather was more clear the view would have been amazing. I will definitely be back in the summer.
Followed the guide in link below, super helpful as the snow made it difficult at times.
Sunday 6-8-2014: My wife and I hiked Hansen Ridge Trail #1020 (Little Saint Helens). The weather was partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. There were many snow patches above 3500 ft and some sections of the trail had running water. The trail above 4200 ft is a decommissioned logging road and is not maintained. We stopped at a ridge at 4400 ft and had lunch. The views from the ridge were pretty good. We saw Granite Mountain, Kaleetan Peak, Bandera Mountain, Humpback Mountain, McLellan Butte, and Mount Rainier. Wildflowers we saw and could name are Beargrass, Yellow violet, trillium, and marsh marigold. We met only one other group of three hikers and a dog.
When we returned to the trailhead, about ten people were target shooting at the parking lot even though the sign said target shooting was prohibited. Maybe those people cannot read. I reported the shooting activities to USFS. We will not return because the sound of target shooting was unpleasant.