Explore the most popular camping trails in Mt St 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.

Must do hike!!!

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6 months ago

Hiked on 10/31/17. Saw a mountain goat.

7 months ago

A great challenge

7 months ago

So pretty! But the difficulty rate should be moderate, not "hard".

We really enjoyed this hike. See my recording for more details.

Truly breathtaking

10 months ago

Fun hike, really not difficult except if you aren't used to the distance. Not steep, trail good..more of a moderate imo. The views are awesome!

on Ape Canyon Trail

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10 months ago

LOTS of mosquitos and flies. It's uphill most of the way but overall a good hike! The views are awesome. Go early if you want parking nearby.

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10 months ago

A new favorite for me! Bring bug spray!

camping
Thursday, December 29, 2016

I had the best time there

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

I made the mistake of going after a snow storm and the the trail was completely covered in downed trees at the top of the first mountain. Pretty cool but save this one for a sunny day. Wonderful views of Mt Adams, Mt St. Helens and the Columbia Gorge range.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Incredible. Your knees will ache from the long slow incline, but absolutely worth it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I have hiked this trail many times and it is one of my favorites. Challenging but worth it for the scenery. Last time up there were 5 mountain goats climbing in the Plains of Abraham. Deer flies can be an issue later in the summer though.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

yep bad ass hike you can go all day hiking around on St. Helens you get to see the Old Mud Flows and how much that explosion scarred the land and you get to see the start of the Plains of Abraham so much to do on this hike it's what you make out of it

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

By far one of the best hikes I've done. We didn't know what to expect, as our original hike through Lava Canyon was closed off. We had perfect weather for the day. Clear skies. Quite a few fallen trees, but that's part of the fun of hiking. Hit a little snow at the viewpoint, but easily crossed. Can't wait to do this hike again.

One of my favorite hikes. Mt. Margaret back county is beautiful. Amazing views of St. Helens, spirit lake, various other lakes, and on a clear day you can see Adams, hood, and rainier. Just make sure you are prepared for any kind of situation you might come across! It is back country.. Meaning you're far away from any immediate help or cell phone service if something happens. The trail is clear and well marked.

Also this hike is not near Stevenson, WA. It begins at the Norway pass trail head on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. You can get there from Randall, WA or Woodland, WA... Take Forrest Rd 25 and then Forrest Rd 99.

One more note. This is nowhere near Stevenson, WA. I would have to say Toutle, WA is probable the closest town.
Also my pics are from Sept. '05

One of my favorite places. Once you get to Norway pass the views are breathtaking of St. Helens with Spirit Lake in fore ground. Don't forget all the wildlife to see, elk, deer, mountain goats, marmots, and birds.
The goat population has been steadily increasing around St. Helens and on the mountain itself. Bring a good set of binocs or spotting scope and camera.

camping
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

This is a nice trail with really easy (paved) road access which makes this a somewhat popular trail, but nothing like Ape Caves which is passed on the way in. There are a few dispersed camping sites right by the parking lot which is really small, but there may be parking down the road a bit. Lots of bikers on the trail, but they were all really friendly and we typically yielded to them since it is just easier for everyone and the breaks on the almost continuous uphill were welcome. The trail is well graded with few obstacles and the cleanest trail that I have ever been on - not a hint of litter anywhere! We camped in the meadow/trees on a hill above the trail before the final uphill to the Plains of Abraham. We had perfect weather, complete solitude, and enormous views of Helens, Adams, and Hood. There are a few decent sites up on the hill towards the south side that have been cleared of pumice making them really nice. The only negatives were having to pack in all of our water (dry even this early in the season) and no place to hang food (to be expected), we buried it and had no problems with critters. Otherwise, a great area for a one night backpack close to the city.

loved this trail...gorgeous view of mt st Helens and spirit lake!

We didn't go all the way to Mt. Margaret, but climbed to a point just above Bear Pass. The views were absolutely stunning; from the highest point, we could see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and, of course, Mt. St. Helens. The trail is a steady climb, but not overly difficult. It has a lot of variety, from wide valleys to narrow creekbeds, all the while with views of the various peaks. When you finally reach the pass and see St. Helens for the first time, it is breathtaking, staring down the mouth of the crater created when it erupted, with Spirit Lake sparkling in the foreground. The devastation is evident all around, but so is the new growth that has spring up since. We only saw 6 other hikers, so had a lot of solitude. The trail is well-marked and relatively smooth.

What I remember most is all the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. White bleached trees laying all in one direction where they fell in 1980. It's a stark environment, Spirit Lake being filled with logs like they were dumped there.

hiking
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wonderful trail for hiking, walking.. probably for bikes too, but since I'm not a rider - I can't really comment. It is shaded most of the way up to the top and the trail is wide and soft. Steep but not technical. Excellent starting spot for doing the Loowit or just getting up to the Plains of Abraham. Great day hike and good conditioning as it is constantly going up but not too strenuous that it isn't enjoyable. No pain - no gain, huh?

There is NO water on this trail. You might be able to access glacier streams, if they are running, if you continue on the Loowit Trail (east towards Plains of Abraham) about a half mile or so. Lots of bugs - biting flies. They hurt and they leave ugly, itchy welts too!

Bikers were friendly when we passed them. My husband and I were backpacking with our dog and it seemed that sharing the trail was never an issue. We hiked up around 5pm, camped and came back down at 9am the next morning. It took us a little over 2.5 hours to get up and about 2 to get down. Great workout!

hiking
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wow! Couldn't be better. A little bit of everything. Deep forest path up through the canyon punctuated by alternating views of mud flow river bed off St Helens and gorgious Mt Adams. At the top look down over rock left bare by the blast. Cross over to the Plains of Abraham for a view of St Helens you can almost touch. Turn around and there's Adams, Rainier, and off to the south, Hood. In early July we had snow patches side by side with blooming lupine. This is my favorite hike in the area.

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