I don’t want to lower the stars because this place is truly so beautiful but it is closed for the remainder of summer if anyone didn’t know. Once all this shit stops, definitely a place to go see. Maybe even jump off a cliff if you’re feeling adventurous

hiking
no shade
snow
12 hours ago

Beautiful day. Warmed up fairly early. Snow was soft. Witnesed a few less than experienced climbers postholing. I typically don’t have this problem and did not with my trip today. The experience i have gained with my more than 40 summits, i can read the snow to plan each and every step. Glissading down was especially terrific today. Glissaded from the summit clear into the tree line. Dodged around a few trees till the snow ran dry. Trash bags are all i use. Climb in and let er rip. Then after you are done you can use the bags to pick up trash on the rest of your descent. One thing i found frustrating was the observation of people still hauling water to consume. There is plenty of water on this mountain. Snow is your number 1 source. Knock off that top layer of dirty snow and enjoy nature’s cool treat. Hope this review was helpful.

a great easy hike to some amazing waterfalls. it looks like something from deep jungle central america...but, its NOT! it's our PNW.

hiking
2 days ago

Great short day hike for families. The road to the trailhead was indeed still closed and it is a .9 mile (or 20 minute) walk to the trailhead. Round trip this took us about 2.5 hours to do 4.8 miles. Enjoyed the sound of rushing water, waterfalls and the lovely lake at the top.

hiking
bridge out
2 days ago

Beautiful hike

5/25/20- Conditions were not good and prevented a summit unfortunately. The snow is staring to get really slushy even in the early morning before sunrise. It was still a great experience and we were able to glissade from the weather station down.

gate is closed 4.5 miles from trailhead. Lots of people still hiking that way. your choice to add 9 miles to the hike or not.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Lots of fallen trees but easy to get over or around. Gate to trail head is still closed so you’ll need to walk up the road but it’s an easy walk. Beautiful lake and a great spot to take a break and enjoy lunch. We took our time and enjoyed being outside. Total hike toke about 3 hours.

hiking
fee
icy
no shade
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Started from the Lower Falls Recreation area, so i enjoyed long stretches without any crowding. Water is crystal clear beautiful, filled my bottle & drank it with my Lifestraw, just refreshing. Would love to trail run or xc bike here someday. Good elevation changes & scenery to keep things interesting. Can't wait to come back!

hiking
no shade
scramble
snow
5 days ago

Great experience! The day started out cloudy but at summer clear and sunny. As the person before me noted: don't underestimate sunscreen! We are sunburned - we applied screen but we should have re-applied multiple times. More snow down lower than I expected. Crampons or microspikes are a must. We glissaded down quite a bit using tyvek sandbags which was adequate. Another group used heavy duty black garbage sacks and those seemed to do a better job. Our day was clear but I could see that in heavy cloud cover navigating could be a challenge. Check your forecast and be prepared. Lots of water. No regrets - so glad we did it!

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
6 days ago

what to say, this was an amazing hike. But it was the most difficult thing I have ever done physically and mentally. Due to wind and sun keep your face covered and balmed. keep protected from wind a remember this is an alpine trip. we experienced multiple white outs and all 3 have burnt faces. However no regrets. pack lots of food and water. I drank 4.5 liters on this trip, and ate high carbs and protein and still weighed in 9 lbs lighter. great experience and I look forward to south sister later this year. last note is on glissading. It was an amazing trip down the mountain however a hole appeared under one of my partners, I self arrested and saw that it was a snow cave at least 15 ft deep halfway down. lower my same parter self arrested before a large crevice after the last drop before the tree line. happy anniversary Saint Helens

Great trail. Did it on a Tuesday from 1pm-4pm. Only a few people here and there. Lower Falls parking lot closed, but middle and upper lot opened. We parked alongside the road, and took a lower starting point below the lower falls. The nature walk to lower falls from this point was gorgeous, all along the Lewis river. You can also easily avoid the 5.9 mile hike by just driving in each parking lot, the lower or middle and do short walk to the falls if you just want a sightseeing experience. Roads to the trail open, construction on places but open. Unpaved road before the trail. We camped in cabins in Cougar RV Trailer park and tents to lessen the impact of the drive. Enjoy!

My first summit with a friend Oct. 2019. We camped the night before, ate a big breakfast, and got on the trail around 9am. We had good boots, microspikes, poles, food, 3+L of water each. Wished I had brought more food, other than that no regrets. It was clear and beautiful and still when we got to the top. We chatted with the one woman up there, she left to find her friends, and we sat and had lunch. The boulder field on the way back down kicked my ass (well, my knees and hips really). I was tired and wanted more food. Luckily, my friend helped me pull through and we made it back around 7:30pm.

Great mini trail. The Crawl was a fun mini tunnel.

This was my first summit attempt and trip to MSH and pretty epic it was done the day prior to the 40th anniversary of it erupting. Make sure you continually check your weather conditions for the day you're attempting your summit and be prepared for weather changes. Bring more water than you would typically drink and snacks/food to help keep you going. Fuel is key in this climb. We started later than we originally planned, however after 3 hours sleep and making the stair climb up 2 of us made the summit prior to conditions changing. It was unfortunate I didn't get to see the crater with the clouds causing whiteout conditions...even after sticking around for a bit waiting for weather changes that never came. Don't forget to bring something to Glissade down on! Or be prepared to do so in your pants...this was the BEST part of the trip! What a blast!

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