MT. ST. HELENS WALKS
SEPTEMBER 1-2-3, 2007

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

All Weather Walkers and Vancouver USA Volkssporters held four walks at the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument on Labor Day Weekend.

Worker Pictures from Dick Baker

View Pictures from Dick Baker

South Rim from Liz Connors

more pictures below

WALKS/TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

SPIRIT LAKE; 12KM, Rated 4; 6KM, Rated 3; 108 walkers
After registration one drove 40 miles to the trailhead. We hiked the Boundary Trail from Johnston Ridge Observatory along a ridge high above Spirit Lake and were rewarded with panoramic views of the crater, blast zone, Spirit Lake and Toutle River Valley.

The 6K turnaround was at a viewpoint of the only remains of downed blast-zone logs along this trail. 12K turned around at a panoramic viewpoint of greater Spirit Lake and its roving pond of floating log debris.

The rating is due to the undulating route and narrow, rocky footing on sporadic sections of the path. Ash, rock, and dirt trails. This walk qualified for the Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania County; and Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.


SILVER LAKE VISITORS CENTER AND SEAQUEST STATE PARK; 10/5KM, rated 2+; 130 walkers

The Mt. St. Helens Visitors Center was the first to be built after the May 18, 1980 eruption.  You drove 5 miles (west) to the start point. The route included wetlands and boardwalk paths at the visitors center at Silver Lake, then entered heavily forested trails in Seaquest State Park via a tunnel under the highway. Terrific Mt St Helens views.     
Qualified for the Washington State Challenge (WSC): Cowlitz County; and Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.


Liz and Romana


COLDWATER LAKE; 13KM, Rated 4; 10/5KM, Rated 2; 98 walkers
This route gave walkers insight on how the forest restores itself after total devastation. The water in this area has greatly enhanced the forest’s speed of recovery.  We drove 34 miles to the trailhead. An out-and-back along the shore of Coldwater Lake on the Lakes Trail 211. Dirt, rock, and ash surfaces. A strenuous 3KM additional option on the Elk Bench Trail to Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center and back is rated 4.  Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania County; and Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.

Wednedday Walking's Coldwater Lake, Mt St Helens, 8/29/07 pictures

3 pictures from Karen Kelly


HUMMOCKS/BOUNDARY TRAIL; 17KM, Rated 4; 69 walkers
Drive 34 miles to the trailhead and hike the Hummocks and Boundary Trails past Loowit Viewpoint to Johnston Ridge Observatory and return - 1600 ft. elevation gain. A strenuous hike on dirt/ash surfaces, with exceptional views of Mt. St. Helens, Castle Lake, Coldwater Lake, and the blast zone.  The 5K is a loop on the Hummocks Trail. Enjoy ponds, streams, and close-up views of the Toutle River.  Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania and Cowlitz Counties; Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.


You might also check out our Mt. St. Helens South Rim "mini-seasonal" hike/climb -- only for the most adventurous!  33 walkers

Liz Connors on top of the South Rim

Mt. St. Helens

South Rim Hike/Climb

Friday, August 24 thru Sunday, September 9, 2007

NW07-77841 ---- 16km ---- Rated 5

Note the 17-day period; this event is set up as a short Seasonal. The south rim of Mt. St. Helens is a popular hike/climb for both beginning and experienced mountaineers/hikers. The route gains 4,500 feet in five miles to the crater rim at 8,365 feet elevation. Entering the crater is strictly prohibited.

Begin the route through thick forest. Then above the tree-line, scale large boulders and loose rock to the rim, where you will stare into the face of the volcano. Terrain is steep and rugged, commonly requiring 7-12 hours to complete the round trip.

This challenging route is recommended only for those with a robust fitness level – only highly experienced hikers should make the attempt. All general safety rules of outdoor recreation and hiking apply. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, and carry plenty of water. Bring a camera, walking stick, and picnic lunch.

Mt. St. Helens is an active volcano. This hike is subject to cancellation without notice if volcanic activity rises to an unsafe level. Participants may be exposing themselves to volcanic hazards that may occur without warning.