Ok day for a St Helens summit. Weak system at, about 5000', surrounded the mountain early but clear blue above 5000' for a pleasant hike to the summit. Unfortunately one of those pesky mountain clouds was stuck on the summit blocking any chance of looking into the crater. Occasional strong gusts of wind. Not much snow on the trail so until the next system dumps snow you can wear your light hikers.
Since it was the first permit-free weekend of the season -- and a mild, sunny day at that -- there were a LOT of people up on Monitor Ridge. The view extended southward all the way to Jefferson and the Three Sisters, and we were all surprised by how prominent Rainier was to the north.
It was a very tough hike, but conditions were excellent: many patches of snow (snowshoes were completely unnecessary, although waterproof boots are a must), and the ash and grit was still wet from recent snowfall, so it held up pretty well. I measured the temperature as 46° on the way up, 41° at the summit, and low 50s on the way down. We glissaded on our butts for about 1/3 mile (about 700 vertical feet) down from the crater rim. Total round-trip time was just over 8 hours; we were in no hurry.
Had a fantastic day to climb, admire the crater and get a good fill of glissading in nice snow conditions. Not surprising, we were not alone on the ridge. Monitor Ridge route, were able to travel mostly in snow.
this is the climb the kicked off my climbing!
I climbed Mt. Saint Helens with Chris. We had great weather the whole day. The trail is in good condition and the last 1,000 feet is made up of loose scree. Glad to finally look down into the crater rim of this mountain. It was a clear day so we were able to see Hood, Adams, and Rainier from the summit.
Beautiful day to be on the mountain, great views of Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Spirit Lake. Small rockslide on the lava dome.
what route. Great ski descent though. Got lost somehow in the forest at the bottom.
A perfect clear day for a birthday climb/hike. My friend was climbing the mountain for the thrid time in a week, trying to see the lava dome for the first time. That's dedication.
Exciting views from the rim. A dusty but rewarding hike.
All the sand was exhausting, but the views were well worth it--not a cloud to be seen, while a nice breeze kept it cool. Butterflies everywhere.
left at 5.00 am from parking spot with my wife - reached rim at 9.00 am - we beat the crowds and had the rim to ourselves until 10.00 am. What a great view!!!!
Great trip up Monitor Ridge and adjacent snowfields. Hiked up with Jay, Jane, Pat and Kyle. Nice group, very windy day, pumice sandblasting the face isn't that pleasant, but for five minutes on the summit we had no wind. We left at 2:30 am by headlamps and summited and got down before the heat of the day..my preferred method of hiking St.Helens. An alpine start is great for avoiding the heat coming off all that lava rock...
Lava dome looked much different (wider and flatter) than last year around the same time. Will hopefully come back next year to take another peek over the rim.
Went there for the first time for Mother's Day, that was a party... I went with a bunch of skiers from Women Climbers NW, but I walked/glissaded. Perfect weather -- cool and a bit of snow for the way up, sunny and warm near the top and for the way down (and for sitting by the car waiting for the skiers to stop messing around and get down).
i climbed this in 2004. right before they shut it down. It was a great trip. we went on the loowitt loop around the mountain...absolutely beautiful. then up to the summit. boy the cone has grown by now
Beautiful climb! 6 hours to the top from the parking lot at a fairly relaxed pace. Crater view was awe-inspiring! Fun ski down (to within 100 ft of the trailhead!)
Oh my goodness, stunning stuff, great views of Hood, Adams, and Rainier, not to mention the dome itself, wow!!!
Snow all the way from Climber's Bivouac. The ridge itself is clear but we steered clear and stuck to the snowfields. No crampons needed. Very windy with a heavy mist and even a few snowflakes. We made it to the rim but there was not much visibility. Glissading was great and all in all it was fun. We left at 7 am and returned at 3. Our group was large so we were slow moving.
Climbed several times, but nothing beats Mother's Day wearing a Euro techno punk outfit.
With my friend Stuart and his g/f. Started at 7, summit by 12:30, started back down at 1:15, back by 3:30. Lost my glasses early on the trail, fortunately ran into someone that had a spare pair I could borrow, a real eyesaver. Beautiful clear day, a bit windy and cool on the summit, but on the way down it got quite warm. The glissades from the summit are first class, up there with the Mt. Adams glissade. An outstanding day.
Rain and snow until 6500' when we passed above the marine layer. Then clear blue skies and KILLER views!!!! and dresses :)