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SummiteerGreat climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2015


Started our ascent at 7am from Marble Mountain snopark. It took about 45 minutes to get through the forest until it opened up. The trail steepens as you make your way to the start of the boulder field. The snow level was high up the mountain this year so the boulder field was much more rough. This route is called "Worm Flows" and doesn't require a permit from Nov-Apr 1st. You do have to fill out a free climbing pass at the trail head if you'll be traveling above 4800ft. After the boulder field you'll want to put on the crampons as it gets pretty steep. It's mind over matter at this point and you just have to follow other footprints to the top. The summit is gorgeous! Looking into the aftermath of the 1980 eruption is very surreal. Take some photos and get a bite to eat but don't spend too much time at the top as you still have to get down. The way down is much quicker since you can "glissade" slide on your rear back down to the boulder field. All in all, the whole trip should take about 8 hours for a person in decent shape. A bit less in summer since snow slows you down. It's a great climb for a beginner but will push you to your limits!!!
Posted Aug 19, 2015 11:26 am

JRaphaelsonStandard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2015


Easy but rewarding hike.
Posted Aug 8, 2015 2:42 am

IronHikerIconic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014


Still probably the best views I've ever seen. The crater and lava dome are otherworldly. Love this mountain!
Posted Aug 2, 2015 8:52 pm

BooRadleyIcy descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015


Day trip up St. Helens. Icy conditions going down at sunset.
Posted Jul 20, 2015 10:53 pm

RockMountainGirlGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2015


Stayed the night the climbers Bivouac the night before. Woke up at 6:00AM had a little breakfast and coffee and prepared for the hike. Set out on the trail around 7:00AM. The weather was overcast, kept hoping as we climbed high the fog would clear. Arrived at the rim of the crater and there was no visibility into the crater. Walked around the rim to the high point. Took a few pics in the fog and headed back down the mountain. Entire trip time 6.37.30. We decided we would just have to come back and do it again another time.

Also stopped by and walked journeyed through Ape Cave, was awesome a must do when in the area.
Posted Jul 4, 2015 8:54 am

Boonie1Mt St Helens  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2015


Summer route w/great friends. Blue sky, no wind and a long glissade made for a sweet time!
Posted May 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Tom RobinsonDogsled with 148 others  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1966

Tom Robinson

Climbed at age 14 with a large party of Seattle Mountaineers. I somehow managed to be on the only two-person rope team with the leader. It was a sunny day, and we set out at 3am. It was my first experience of seeing dawn from very First Light, with planets setting as Adams and Rainier appeared above early morning fog across Washington. It all cleared later. We ascended the snowy simple face of the Dogshead, the very part of Mt. St. Helens that blew into space fourteen years later. Then we crossed a glacier with maybe two easy crevasses, traversed to the summit, then returned to glissade the Dogshead in slushy, sunny June snow. A wonderful climb that can't be made any more.
Posted May 18, 2015 2:15 am

SharonDressed for success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2015


I was fashion-forward in the traditional Mother's Day dress, along with 499 other climbers. New this year: early May permits now limited to 500 only; they sold out early. Low snow year: snowpack resembled that of a typical July. Minimally overcast, perfect weather. A bit windy atop Monitor Ridge; much less so on the summit. Summit cornices significant; unable to get close enough to see into the crater. Glissade trenches (there were many) in good condition. Planning a sassy little number (i.e. new dress) for next year's ascent. Partners: L. Travis, A. Rimov, Rae.
Posted May 17, 2015 10:00 pm

WayneFryMonitor Ridge, Perfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2015


Started at 6 am from the climbers bivouac. Clear day. Summited at 930 am and back at the car by 1215 pm.
Posted May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

Mike LewisSnowboarded Worm Flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2015

Mike Lewis

Went with Michael Williamson up Worm Flows and snowboarded down. True summit was a little spicy but the cornices were smaller due to low snow this year. Great trip.
Posted Apr 5, 2015 5:38 pm

WalkoutnowWorm Flows Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015


Camped at Marble Mountain Snopark trailhead under the stars on a clear night. Sunny all day for our climb up the worm flows ridge. A beautiful and warm january day. Snow level was somewhat low, which added to the boulder hopping, etc. @11 hours RT with a nice break at the top enjoying the blasted crater views. Long trek in winter, 5,700 ft., but really worth it.
Posted Jan 28, 2015 11:46 am

Ian CulhaneWorm Flows Route, Attempt 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

Ian Culhane

Reached the top... we think. Above 6000' we were in a whiteout, so by the time we reached the rim visibility was down to around 50'. Great glissade though!
Posted Jan 23, 2015 2:42 am

Ian CulhaneWorm Flows Route
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2011

Ian Culhane

Got to the weather station at around 7000' before having to turn back due to fierce winds. Will be back!
Posted Jan 23, 2015 2:38 am

captain.ronFirst actual outdoor experience  Sucess!


First real hiking exerience
Posted Jan 5, 2015 2:33 am

mcrossWorm Flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2013


Climbed it twice, both times in the "off" season. Lots of fun, an excellent day hike!
Posted Nov 7, 2014 6:09 pm

PNWPeaksSolo Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013
I got an early start from Climbers Bivouac and beat most of the crowd to the top. Enjoyed the views from the summit for a bit and had a snack before heading back down. It was a great day on the mountain.
Posted Oct 25, 2014 3:22 am

ArkitektWindy Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2014


Nice Climb with great weather. Very windy for about 1 mile of the hike on the way up but not much wind on the way back. Great hike.
Posted Sep 9, 2014 8:21 pm

matticusAwesome Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014


Weather was awesome. Started around 0530, ran into 1 other group going up. Passed them and had a blast climbing the snow up the Worms Route, last 1000" needed crampons due to the ice. On the way down we glissaded, ran into a few skiers going up, temps were so hot people were in shorts and t-shirts.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 10:13 pm

matticusWinter Mess
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2013


Climbed with 4 buddies, Monitor Ridge route, was our first time on the Mountain. Temps were too mild and the snow was slushy. Got to around 1000" below the top and had to turn around due to storm moving in. Visibility was zero.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 10:09 pm

DieselAbsolute blizzard
Date Climbed: May 18, 2014


Rainy day at trailhead changed to blizzard half way up. Snow all the way up. At the top I couldn't see more than 15 ft, if that. I hiked to the lip of the volcano without even knowing it was the end of the trail: lucky I saw the edge no more than 6 feet from it. The no views weather conditions made this a not so memorable hike. Hiking on snow I believe was much easier than hiking on ash.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 9:16 pm

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