Cale, Pat & I set up camp around dusk after a late afternoon skin to just below treeline. Chilled next morning before continuing, icy final slope, could've waited for softer snow and better turns but still pretty good. More hikers than skiers that day.
The top was fogged out, spent a couple of hours hiking around the rim waiting for the view. Finally got to see the crater and the dome inside is pretty impressive.
Climbed Mt St. Helens at 14 while qualifying for the Mountaineers Climbing Course. It was an early Saturday start with nearly 150 people. Somehow I was on the one two-man rope team. We ascended the DogsHead unroped but with crampons, then onto the crater rim and summit roped up. The most memorable was the sun coming up from very first light, and the tremendous glissade down the DogsHead in midday corn snow.
Also got to go into the crater a couple weeks before
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!!!
Easy but rewarding hike.
Still probably the best views I've ever seen. The crater and lava dome are otherworldly. Love this mountain!
Day trip up St. Helens. Icy conditions going down at sunset.
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.
Summer route w/great friends. Blue sky, no wind and a long glissade made for a sweet time!
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.
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.
Started at 6 am from the climbers bivouac. Clear day. Summited at 930 am and back at the car by 1215 pm.
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.
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.
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!
Got to the weather station at around 7000' before having to turn back due to fierce winds. Will be back!
First real hiking exerience
Climbed it twice, both times in the "off" season. Lots of fun, an excellent day hike!
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.