Good way to avoid the hysteria of this day.
Climbed to the rim. Excellent weather conditions.
My first mountain! I remember the eruption as a child and could see the mountain from my home in Central Washington, it only took 20+ more years to climb it!
When I lived in Seattle I skied St. Helens every year just before the season requiring a permit to climb started in June.
With daughter Kelsi, 2 hours from climbers bivouac. Just didn't realize how huge the area of devastation was from the original eruption.
We were lucky it was raining a lot both days before our hike. The ash was firm so it was easy hike rewarded with nice view on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams ?? Everything else was under the clouds...
The climb was amazing, i was only 11 at the time. We climbed it when it was covered in snow. Many people had ice axes and crampons, my family only had pants and boots. The view of the crater is amazing. Yo cant get too close to the edge to to a huge cornice.
Skied from the top, sunny day, nice ride down. If it's hot out, it would be best to leave early so you can enjoy some non-slushy snow on the turns down.
Me, Marantz and Paglia at the first skiing of our American tour to Cascades volcanous. Great snow, great weather. Impressive the top!!! Unfurgettable!!!
Nice easy climb, weather was great but turned sour on top. Had a short view of steam coming from the crater. Clouds rolled in and wind was blowing extremely hard.
First climb ever! An awesome experience! The only problem was there were about 15 wild fires that year and I could only see about 1 mile or so worth of visibility from the summit. I didn't get to see any of the surrounding mountains. Very disappointing!
I Want to do it again whenever I am back in the area and it is reopened for climbing.
Got up early morning with dad to start climb. Great weather, practically no clouds in the sky at the trailhead. Nice easy trail for a couple of miles in the trees. Got above the treeline, big boulder fields. That was interesting hiking up them. Lasted another mile or so. Then came the pumus and scree slopes, fun stuff. Reached the summit in the early afternoon. Great photo opportunities. You could see Mt. Adams to the east, Mt. Rainier to the north, and Mt. Hood to the south. The crater was fantastic to look at, bits of steam coming up. My first volcano climb.
With all the attention that St. Helens is getting, I thought someone might get a kick out of the old St. Helens. I scanned some old slides of this now, non-existent route.
Well, we both kinda knew it would be doubtful we'd hit the summit. My friend Isaac was in town from MN to try to climb something like Baker or Rainier but with the storms and recent snow dumps, we decided to try something tamer with crevasseless non-avalanchey terrain.
Only about 20 others on the mountain this day as it was raining for the first 1000 feet or so. Then wet snow, then about 5500-6000 feet, it was full-on ice-pellets-in-the-face, high winds, postholing fun. And there are 3 more days of summer left!
About 7500 feet at the last post, I had already placed several wands between posts due to crappy visibility. Visibility went to maybe 40 feet or so and the winds were maybe 50 mph. Was starting to get turned around in the swirling snow so we decided to head back down. Slowly we inched our way down weaving back and forth to try to find the posts. Was lucky to find all my wands in the mess and we headed back down and on to Jack's for some hot food.
So, I am only 1 for 3 on this volcano and still never had any decent views. Maybe I'll hit this one again on a nice weekend once the permits are done for the year. Still had a good time though since we were out on a mountain.
This was a great day for climbing - there was a strong temperature inversion and while it was 45 degrees at my house in Vancouver, it was 65 degrees at the trailhead when I arrived just before sunrise.
Got to the summit in an hour 45 minutes and was treated to incredible views.
I've climbed St. Helens about a dozen times since this first summit and it's always an awe inspiring trip.
Amazing day on the volcano. Clear as a bell. Awe inspiring views of Rainier, Baker, Hood, and Jefferson.
Thought I would cruise this "easy" Cascades peak, and did travel fast (3&1/2 hrs. to the summit), but don't be fooled as I did-it's a big hike. Non-technical, but big for a southwesterner such as myself.
Interesting from a geological standpoint as well.
This is a fun Hike & climb up a Cascade peak. We started at 5:30am to beat the heat and most of the other hiker's. A nice warm up for 2 miles before you hit the Ridge. Then its up and up to the crater rim and the Summit on the Left. Great views of Rainier, Adams and Hood.
Started climb in mist along Monitor Ridge, beautiful start, nice views. Weather began to really decline at last 600 feet. 30-40 mph winds with sleet at summit, and we were facing into the wind on descent. Not exactly a nice summer climb, but a good clothing/gear shakedown to figure out what was waterproof and what was decidedly NOT.
Snow-free all the way. Summitted in a little under 3 hours. Was a little suprised at the extent of the boulder scrambles, (not difficult,) that comprised the middle 2000 feet or so of this route. I'd been putting off getting the permit and going up high here for years, and wasn't disappointed. Quite the contrary, this is a very fun, direct, fairly easy route with spectacular views, and I doubt the quota of 100 people was present today. A lot of smoke which unfortuately blocked out Rainier. But the changing topography and views make it a great climb, and if you've never seen the crater from the top, you are missing out the greatest view of a mind-boggling spectacle. Wow!
Started at 5:45AM at trailhead to beat the heat. No snow at the trailhead. We could have avoided snow all the way to the top, but chose to climb up a couple sections since it was easier than the rocks.
Hit the crater rim at about 9:15 and the weather was still nice, we had managed to stay in the shade most of the morning. It didn't start heating up until we had began our descent. By the time we got back to the car it was easily in the 90s.
Really nice hike, lots of pumice and great views from the top.