Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

11/7 Epic!!! Assuming you already know that it's a challenging hike and you should really be prepared... it was perfect today! Seven-and-a-half hours total moving time. The visibility was so beautiful we could see Mount Baker and Mount Washington. Stunning views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, & Mount Hood. A few snow patches, which made glissading a lot of fun. But microspikes and gaiters got a free ride in the backpack, as they were not needed today. Remarkable weather for November! The view into the crater was excellent, including sulfur emissions from the dome! You need to 2 trekking poles, sunglasses, a buffy, leather work gloves or canvas garden gloves for the sharp volcanic rock during the Boulder Field, and a minimum of 3 to 4 L of water. I wish I had remembered to bring my anti-inflammatories , but super happy we had headlamps and flashlights, since we stayed for sunset. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at Climber's Bivouac. It's not easy, but it's spectacular, incredible, and worth it!!!

Absolutely stunning ! The road to the climbers bivouac was easy in a sedan and in the dark. This was my first “summit” and as others have posted no gear was necessary, poles were very helpful for the way down. Highly recommend before the winter weather rolls in.

My 2nd summit of Saint Helens this year. My 1st on Aug 3rd was a wet, windy, and cold one with not much for views due to clouds. This one on November 3rd was just about perfect. Clear skies, cool temps, and phenomenal views, even all the way to The Sisters. Hiking time was 2 hrs. 45 min. up and 1 hr. 50 min. down for a combined 4 hrs. 35 min. The boulder field really slows it down quite a bit, which is probably good for safety. Hope to do a 2 hr 30 min summit someday. Trail was solid, snow was minimal, and people were abundant. My advice is stick to the wooden poles and don't worry about contemplating paths. You will go bonkers doing that, and one path may look easier, but it often won't be. Bring trekking poles, especially for the scree top section and for portions of the descent. Your knees will thank you later and your safety will increase. most accident happen on the downhill. Much love, Phoenix

Great conditions 11/2/19 - but extremely crowded as well. Virtually no snow - ice axe and crampons were not required.

Excellent run on crisp fall morning. Parked at the boat ramp and made my way around counter clockwise. Trail was in really good shape.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Amazing conditions today. Watch out for falling rocks

Virtually no snow right now. Took an ice axe and microspikes along for the ride just so they didn’t feel left out. Not needed today.

Snow started up for the upper portion of the boulders. Micro Spikes were handy on that section. Not long after the monitor station, there was a clear path up to the summit on scree. Our group made it to the summit in 3:30 and back down in 2:30. Great day as always at a truly special place!

hiking
14 days ago

No words. Beautiful wooded trail that emerges to incredible views of Mt St Helens. I could only imagine the mud roaring down the mountainside almost 40 years ago leaving the pristine forest. Incredible views of Mt Hood, Adams, Rainier, and evening Old Snowy. Saw Mountain Goats too.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

We hiked this yesterday 10/29/19 (Happy bday Kaitlynn!) It was a beautiful sunny day, but super windy, especially the closer we got to the falls. Saw some elk! It was a little challenging staying dry on part of the trail crossing some water. The view of the falls was hindered due to all the ash being blown around by the wind, but still a lot of fun and so much diversity in the terrain!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Went on a blustery day with consistent 45mph winds. Completely clear skies for wonderful views, but passed the majority of hikers who decided against continuing. It was exhausting. Make sure you're in very good shape to make it to the top! I got up in 4:00, down in 2:30. It was so worth it!!!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice hike on a cold windy day. Most of the hike is in the trees with views down by the trailhead and the last 2 tenths or so above treeline, not a whole lot in between. Due to huge winds I didn't last long above tree line, would have liked to explore the Loowit trail some.

hiking
16 days ago

no snow yet. cold so bring hat and gloves. stunning views the entire hike.

Hiked on the 10/25, Started at 6 am, it was extremely windy and wet, some groups were discouraged by this. I personally didn’t use any crampons, however I did use my trekking poles towards the end. I made it to the summit around 12. The views were breathtaking, this was my first experience climbing a mountain, I loved it! Also , I really recommend glissading!

Beautiful hike with breathtaking views the whole way. Once you reach the top your mind will explode with endorphins. The actual summit is a ways to the west, in which you’ll have to hike the rim. If there is still a fair amount of snow present I highly recommend glissading down! Cheers! Safe travels!

Load More