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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Yesterday my buddy, Mark and I made our first attempt at climbing Mt. St. Helens. The morning started off beautiful, but gradually worsened. By the time we were within 1 mile of the summit with about 1500 ft of elevation to tackle, the weather took a significant dive. Visibility decreased considerably and the blow-down wind gusts made it difficult to stand. As we hunkered down for a bit with a few fellow climbers, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk, plus what was the point of getting to the top with no view. We sat for a moment before heading back down. This was our first attempt. It was one hell of a fun adventure and scouting expedition. It was also a challenging one. We met so many nice people along the way. We were all was sharing this beautiful experience together. Until next time, Helens.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Climbers bivouac trailhead. Phenomenal day and hike. Perfect weather at the right temperature for a fall hike. The trail is easy to follow in the trees. Once you come out and it opens up you follow the wooden posts and select your line to scramble up through the rocks/boulders. When you move beyond the boulder field it is up the open to the top. Once you get to the false summit (where the majority hung out today) you need to traverse the ridge line to get to the true summit. There is minimal snow on the trail that will interfere with the climb until you want to get to the true summit, crampons and poles or an ice axe would be helpful. Go now! Free permits and great weather/conditions. Or don’t because there was a ton of people today.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Nice fall day, with the maples starting to change. The clear day added to the beauty of the phenomenal hike. Must do to get a different perspective of the mountain.
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    7 months, 2 weeks ago
    I hesitate to give any climb of a Cascade Volcano a less than 5 star rating because they are all unique and spectacular. For this climb, however, I have to go 4 stars not because the the first 1.8 miles are amazingly beautiful and well maintained or because the route is the best marked route of any climb I have done but because of the number of boulder fields. The boulder fields follow the route above tree line but there are multiple trail variations, no consistent path through the boulder fields and there was of course no snow. We were not expecting snow on the route in August but it was the only time we could climb and get a permit (which proved difficult to obtain). If one could do this climb in the early season when the boulder fields would be covered in snow then this would be an easy 5 stars. Without the snow, I think Mt. Adams is a better non-technical mountain in the late summer even though it has more elevation gain. Being able to glissade from the false summit (assuming safety in the glissade chute never takes a holiday) and then walk efficiently down the Crescent Glacier saves more time than the energy expended with the extra altitude and allows you to descend the extra altitude quickly.
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    8 months ago
    I’ve hiked the Ape Caves 3 times now and always enjoy it. It’s not a long hike but can be challenging at times when down in the lava tubes. Would highly recommend having a head lamp so your hands are free.
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    8 months, 1 week ago
    Upper was Super fun with kids. My 5, 7 and 9 r old boys luvved it!
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Loved this hike! The clouds lifted just enough that we were able to see the top of the mountain for a split second, and there were lovely views down the Ape Canyon. Wildflowers were present though not in huge quantities. The forest was quiet and peaceful.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    This mountain is an icon. The view from the rim into the crater is other worldly and coupled with the panoramic view of several other cascade volcanoes the payoff is worth the work. If you have the gear for snow travel I’d suggest this route early in the season to avoid the dust on the monitor ridge route. Permits required after April first and they go fast.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Trail climbs slowly to achieve a spectacular view from a promontory where we had lunch. We didn't ski down, but we saw half a dozen skiers and riders enjoying the sugary powder.
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    1 year, 3 months ago
    Always a great, challenging hike. Nothing technical when done in summer/early fall. Make sure to bring plenty of water as there are no water sources. If it is going to be a hot day try to start as early as possible. Once the sun rises the upper stretches can be brutal in the heat. https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/e6abf134327279e1b6fb81610d04c1d3/?layer=caltoporelief,stamenterrainhd,OpenLandscapeMapHD
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