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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 1, 2021
HikingGreat!

It is a long climb on boulders and loose pumice and snow fields, but with an outstanding summit. Just awesome,

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 21, 2021
HikingGreat!

Looking for someone to climb this with early Saturday morning, text me 9374089795 Ig- quentin_baker

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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Late, late checkin. Be prepared for bad weather. Day we hiked it we were the only group to make it. Snowy white out conditions above tree line. Used crampons and roped together.

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HikingNo shadeRockySnow

On a cold and very blustery day on Mt St Helens, two of my friends and I made the trip from Seattle to the Climbers Bivouac Trailhead to summit the volcano. Reaching the trailhead at 6am with the lot already full, we left with plenty of water and food and what we thought would be enough warm clothes. The beginning of the trail was calm and quiet with views looking up at Mt St Helens as well as a view of Mt Hood (we believe at least) and some peaks at Mt Rainier. The weathermen lied to us as we followed the forecast like hawks all week and Sunday's "clear skies" never apparated. The climb up was difficult, windy, and cold. With fresh snow from Thursday and Saturday being blown by strong gusts of wind, visibility deteriorated the closer we got to the summit. We considered turning around at the monitor, but we are three young and dumb males so we pressed on despite the obvious lack of visibility and cloud cover further up the trail gained elevation. I had a balaclava but wish I had brought another pair of gloves (wind!) and ski goggles instead of sunglasses. We made it to the rim and gazed down upon the crater with sites only reaching about 30 feet. We also turned left and made what we believe to have been the summit (according to the GPS as well). There, sitting in snow and being blasted by wind we celebrated with a few drinks and a meal. The climb down was a bit strenuous as well given the mixture of snow and loose ash, but spikes and trekking poles made it a possible journey. The views somewhat cleared up a bit but mostly cloud covered skies continued once we got below the microclimate of snow being stirred up closer to Mt St Helens' summit. Took advantage of the non-permit period for Mt St Helens but hopefully will be back next year to tackle this peak when weather conditions and visibility are better.

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Anu Rawal & Srikanth Avadhanam reviewed Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail
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Hiking

Go prepared for winter snow hiking.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
Rock climbing

Incredible hike 11/1. Day 1 of no permits required. Got there later (8:30) and had to park 1/2-3/4 mile down the road. 1st couple miles in the forest are easy peasy. As you come out of the forest, so begins the 1000 trail options until the final push. I read the reviews and felt confident we were in the right spot. We heard folks saying “this is the trail!” So straight(ish) up the boulders we went. It was tough with feelings of rock climbing minus the safety harnesses. It wasn’t until the way down when we saw the markings that we really realized we had not gone up that section correctly. Ask folks who’ve been there where the real route is (go left even tho there are trails straight ahead into the wall!!). Once you get to the “ridge” which is basically the bouldering section it’s a “choose your own adventure situation.” Once you get to the ridge (after going the correct way up bc you asked for guidance!), I’d recommend the trails in the valley /lower section vs the ridge here (we tried all combinations and the lower trails always felt easier). The bouldering section is hands on rock (rough volcanic rock) so I’d recommend a pair of stretchy (my $1 old navy gloves were amazing!) gloves that allow you to do some rock climbing grips, as needed. My cheap gloves did the trick here! The scree wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. Take small steps and go slow to make the most of it. Views at the top are fantastic! Don’t miss the “real summit” to the left. You won’t regret the views on that side which are even more impressive even tho it adds another .5-.75 miles rt to the hike. To help plan, we were on the trail 8.5 hrs with 5.75 hrs moving time (when you read other folks recordings, keep in mind that’s “moving time!”. We did the extra 2nd summit + parking far from trail which made our all in mileage 10.7 miles, 5300 ft elevation gain (most elevation in the last 2-3 miles). Sore the next 2 days for sure even tho well trained. The full body never ending Boulder section is relentless and expect to fall a couple of times. Poles aren’t helpful in this section. It was windy at the top and no great places to sit if it’s crowded so recommend eating snacks at other stops on the way up. Enjoy!

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Running

It was windy with very low visibility at the top. Trail was very snowy once I cleared the forest.

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HikingSnow
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HikingGreat!RockyScrambleSnow

Hike 11/07/2020. Well-maintained trail. We started at 6am hoping to beat the forecasted snow. The trailhead lot was less than quarter-full. Reached about 7100’ but had to turn back due to harsh wind and white-out conditions (heard it was worse at the top). Navigating the boulders in snow simplified the scrabbling thanks to ice filling some of the gaps, but be careful of deep holes in the snow. Test with poles. It was very slippery and easy to lose the trail with snowfall. We will come back and try again, in hindsight we should have started earlier. Stunning views at sunrise!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 5, 2020
Scenic drivingGreat!RockyScramble

We started this hike at 3am on Sunday and it was an absolutely perfect clear night/day hike. Summer trail was still out since it hasn’t snowed yet. Check the weather before you go up there. Start early if you can. Navigating the boulder fields makes the hike feel much longer so be prepared for that.

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CampingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

The trail from climbers bivouac to the ridge is 10 miles roundtrip via 2.1 miles of the Ptarmigan Trail. Plan accordingly! Summited 11/1 and it was an absolutely beautiful day! Lots of people enjoying a rare warm sunny November treat. Courteous trail company made for sweet vibes. Almost felt like pre-COVID times with actual human interaction

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HikingFeeGreat!RockyScramble

Hiked on 11/1/20 and as the first day to climb without a permit, the trail was absolutely packed! We arrived at 7:20 and had to park almost a half mile down the road from the trailhead because there were so many people. Many of which were not wearing masks or giving distance. The hike itself was gorgeous with clear skies in all directions. The first mile and a half or so is through the woods and is relatively easy. Next is 1.5+ miles of boulder fields and in my opinion the hardest portion of the hike. Stay to the left of the ridge with the poles on the way up as the route is easier down and to the side. The last mile is mostly scree/sand and just requires putting one foot in front of the other. The route took us 3 hours to the crater rim, 3.5 to the summit, and 7 hours trailhead to trailhead.

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