Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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Moogie737 - Aug 6, 2022 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2014

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

#1 07-14-14 Got a permit on a last-minute effort and climbed this volcano on my way back to Utah after climbing Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan further north. I wish there had been more snow but ...


punchline - Jul 29, 2022 12:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2022

HOT!  Sucess!

Fourth of my five Cascade Volcanos journey. Thought I would beat the heat by leaving parking lot at 4:00am - unfortunately NOT! Back to parking lot where it was 91 degrees. UGH. Was able to glissade down a significant portion of the upper mountain which seemed to amaze a lot of those slogging upward! My knees thanked me at the end!


coltonfay - Jul 28, 2022 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2022

Great Scramble Up!  Sucess!

Dad and I started at 6:00 and stood at the summit at 9:30. Good bits of scrambling through the rocks, and a good slugfest through the ash and sand. Had a great time taking in the views and talking to the other people on the trail.


GlennD - Jun 6, 2021 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2021

Cascade Volcano #4  Sucess!

Wintry conditions on a spring day. Got an early start and was the first to the summit. Didn’t stay long, it was a bit windy and socked in with clouds. Will have to come back on a clear day for the views.

mattsim - Apr 10, 2021 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2021

spring outing  Sucess!

Maud and I arrived to the nearly-full Marble Mountain SnoPark late on Friday evening. We slept until the climbers marching band walked by at 5:45 with assorted jingling and jangling stuff hanging off their packs. We agreed with their "it's time to go" assessment and donned our gear.

There were a few parties that started up at 2 or 3AM but the majority seemed to concur with our plan to leave about 6, climbing up while the route was still ice crusted, and then skiing down in the afternoon after the sun softened the top layers into snow.

We ski ascended the first 2k' near the the well worn boot track. After breaking out above tree line we added our ski crampons and cut our own (less steep) lines for another 1k' before finally packing our skis and booting the last 2k' to the actual summit.

Despite the early arrival of the forecast cloud cover, the sun burned partly through around mid-day and we had glorious ski conditions all the way back to the car.


Judd97 - Dec 2, 2020 11:21 pm Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2020

A real slog  Sucess!

What a slog up the worm flows route in the crusty snow and whipping winds. But a very rewarding trip to the crater rim and then traversing across to the proper summit. That descent was a real leg blaster.


Ambret - Aug 29, 2020 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2020

Hike to South Rim  Sucess!

Made it to the south rim, though decided not to go to the highest point. Beautiful day; absolutely stunning views.

techboy - May 20, 2020 2:59 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2020

40th anniversary climb

Climbed Wormflows for the 40th anniversary. We started at 3:45 AM. There were some long patches of soft snow below timberline. Did not need snowshoes or crampons but hiking poles with snow baskets helped a lot. We took the ridge up to a bit over 6000' and then we were on crusty soft snow the rest of the way. At around 8:30 AM at 7200 feet the visibility turned to near zero so we turned back. You could probably glissade most of the way down to Timberline. My 21st climb of this mountain, but the first time I didn't actually summit.


kirstenw - Apr 18, 2020 11:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

First summit!  Sucess!

My first mountain summit - so beautiful! No snow that year.


freedeep - Mar 25, 2020 8:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1990

Easy day hike to summit interesting volcanic landscape  Sucess!

Day hike to summit, then down and around to explore the ash and debris fields. At Missoula Montana the St Helens ashfall was a heavy dusting, compare that to the 2000 feet thick volcanic debris east of the Yellowstone Caldera (Pilot and Index Peaks vertical height is almost entirely volcanic debris). So some day we may witness a serious eruption.


Snofzig - Mar 16, 2020 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2020

Worm Flows Ascent  Sucess!

Terrible weather conditions, but a fun summit nevertheless. The lodge at the Marble Mountain Sno park is a great place to make breakfast before starting your alpine start. Also, if some snowmobilers stop by to make a fire when you return to your car, that is a great bonus.


DawnchaserTheAdventurer - Oct 13, 2019 12:28 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2018

Easy ascent... crazy descent  Sucess!

Hit the trail for the Worm Flows at 1 am, and reached the summit at 6:30 on the dot. Was sleep-deprived coming down though, and mistakenly came down the Monitor Ridge route, while it was still under heavy snow, and ended up shwackin' my way back to the car... for 6 hours. That wasn't so fun. Great views at the summit though


InfinityMountaineering03 - Oct 3, 2019 1:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2019

Nonstop  Sucess!

I climbed this once when I was 11 and once when I was 15 (just this last summer). The first time I remember crossing over the first section of Monitor Ridge and seeing the summit for the first time. When I saw the summit, I lost all motivation. I ended up eating a cliff bar for the first time and getting enough energy to get up.

This summer I got about 1 hour of sleep out of anticipation for the climb the following day - probably not a good idea. Anyways, we started on the trail at exactly 8:00, and I was on Monitor Ridge by 9:00. The only time I stopped was to take my jacket off. Breaking out of the fog and being able to see for miles in a mist-filled sunlight is one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I was not expecting it. My experience with climbing and scrambling aided to cruising through Monitor Ridge in under an hour (9:45). I was still not remotely experiencing fatigue at this point and got to the top in under 30 minutes (Summit at 10:11). I was extremely happy with this and am looking forward to Adams and Rainier in 2020.

~Nick Stoker (Infinity Mountaineering/The Mountain Range Project)


Annalikeslenses - Sep 28, 2019 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2019

Never been on a mountain with half of it missing!  Sucess!

Found this one surprisingly easy for a fairly large mountain! Stellar views from the crater rim, never seen anything like it. Great visibility to Rainier, Adams, Hood, even Jefferson in the distance. Start early or just hike fast to get ahead of the slow-moving friend and I didn't start until 7 or so but passed pretty much everyone on the trail going up and had the summit to ourselves for a while before the masses started to catch up!

alexewhitney85 - Sep 12, 2019 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2019

Worm Flows Route  Sucess!

Beautiful clear day, and a fantastic glissade down almost 4k feet from the summit to treeline.

Suzannemilee - Sep 11, 2019 10:51 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2019

Amazing!  Sucess!

Go early, bring water.


cascadescrambler - Aug 21, 2019 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1976

When it was 1312 feet higher  Sucess!

One of my most fun glacier climbs - up the Forsyth Glacier, plus a 1000 foot glissade off the Dog's Head in a track so deep it looked like a bobsled run


marieg - Jul 30, 2019 1:42 pm

Great Hike  Sucess!

Can't remember the year, but my dog Scooter Bug made it to the top with us! :)

dannydeckers - Jun 20, 2019 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

Hot Snow  Sucess!

I remember it being super hot and the summit being super sketchy. Would love to do it again


bluecappo - Jun 18, 2019 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017

MSH  Sucess!

Great climb up after a spontaneous invite from an old friend. Perfect weather - we had almost no snow travel this time of year.

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