Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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ZakG - Apr 30, 2017 2:04 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 1997

A much shorter trip down  Sucess!

Hauled the Lib Tech to the top, which took way too long, but I think we made it from the summit to the car in about 45 minutes. The snow was pretty good, especially at the top. Smooth and fresh cascade June "powder". 1997 was a good year.

Young Royce

Young Royce - Apr 29, 2017 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2016

Quick trip  Sucess!

Climbed too quick and too early, waited around from 4:30 until daylight approximately 300ft below the crater cornice. Socked in summit, great glissading and break in between the clouds.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Jan 31, 2017 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2016

Torn ACL brutal climb  Sucess!

Climbed this mountain with a torn ACL. It sucked limping up and down. But cool place.

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson - Jul 6, 2016 2:21 pm Date Climbed: May 2, 2016

Worm flows ski  Sucess!

Skinned up, skied down. Awesome day!

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Jun 8, 2016 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011

Winter Route   Sucess!

Beautiful Day


Sharon - May 10, 2016 6:21 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2016

Dressed for success  Sucess!

Via Worm Flows (winter route). Patchy snow started ~3 miles from Marble Mtn Sno-Park lot. Day started overcast & misty, then gusty winds. Eventually, clear blue sky and perfect temperatures for climbing. Obvious evidence of recent large slides, but excellent snow consolidation. A plethora of glissade trenches beckoned, but most were too soft to be usable, making descent VERY slow. Great Mother's Day for our party of 3 (Lovell Travis, Jared McCaleb (age 13; his first climb) and I.


JLuthanen - May 9, 2016 1:24 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2016

Mother's Day weekend, in a dress  Sucess!

From Marble Mtn campground, hiked up carrying skis on back to the weather tower on Monitor Ridge, skinned up the rest to climber's right. Hung out up top in a purty dress for a hour or so, then had some awesome spring turns down the Worm Flows on the way out. Gorgeous weather (almost too hot), tons of people, but fun


triyoda - May 8, 2016 11:59 pm Date Climbed: May 2, 2016

Actual summit  Sucess!

Third ski trip to St. Helens, finally walked over to the true summit. Actually kind of a cool ridge and nice views.

Mike D' - Mar 31, 2016 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2014

Great Success  Sucess!

Cale & I left the parking lot mid-morning, smooth uneventful skin up, skied down to the setting sun, hiked out the icy single-track in the dark. Just a few other folks out there that day.

Mike D' - Mar 31, 2016 12:06 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2012

Great Success  Sucess!

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.

wrwicks - Mar 2, 2016 1:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2015

Had to wait for the view  Sucess!

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.

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson - Jan 26, 2016 1:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1966

DogsHead with 149 others  Sucess!

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.


mdt81 - Oct 17, 2015 8:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2014

Cold Day on the Mountain  Sucess!

Also got to go into the crater a couple weeks before


Summiteer - Aug 19, 2015 11:26 am Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2015

Great climb  Sucess!

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!!!


JRaphaelson - Aug 8, 2015 2:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2015

Standard  Sucess!

Easy but rewarding hike.


IronHiker - Aug 2, 2015 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014

Iconic  Sucess!

Still probably the best views I've ever seen. The crater and lava dome are otherworldly. Love this mountain!


BooRadley - Jul 20, 2015 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015

Icy descent  Sucess!

Day trip up St. Helens. Icy conditions going down at sunset.


RockMountainGirl - Jul 4, 2015 8:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2015

Great Hike  Sucess!

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.


Boonie1 - May 18, 2015 4:41 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2015

Mt St Helens  Sucess!

Summer route w/great friends. Blue sky, no wind and a long glissade made for a sweet time!

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson - May 18, 2015 2:15 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1966

Dogsled with 148 others  Sucess!

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.

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