Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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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.


Sharon - May 17, 2015 10:00 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2015

Dressed for success  Sucess!

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.


WayneFry - May 10, 2015 7:08 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2015

Monitor Ridge, Perfect Day  Sucess!

Started at 6 am from the climbers bivouac. Clear day. Summited at 930 am and back at the car by 1215 pm.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis - Apr 5, 2015 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2015

Snowboarded Worm Flows  Sucess!

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.


Walkoutnow - Jan 28, 2015 11:46 am Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015

Worm Flows Route  Sucess!

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.

Ian Culhane

Ian Culhane - Jan 23, 2015 2:42 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

Worm Flows Route, Attempt 2  Sucess!

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!

Ian Culhane

Ian Culhane - Jan 23, 2015 2:38 am Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2011

Worm Flows Route

Got to the weather station at around 7000' before having to turn back due to fierce winds. Will be back!


captain.ron - Jan 5, 2015 2:33 am

First actual outdoor experience  Sucess!

First real hiking exerience


mcross - Nov 7, 2014 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2013

Worm Flows  Sucess!

Climbed it twice, both times in the "off" season. Lots of fun, an excellent day hike!

PNWPeaks - Oct 25, 2014 3:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013

Solo Summit  Sucess!

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.


Arkitekt - Sep 9, 2014 8:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2014

Windy Climb  Sucess!

Nice Climb with great weather. Very windy for about 1 mile of the hike on the way up but not much wind on the way back. Great hike.


matticus - Aug 10, 2014 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014

Awesome Day  Sucess!

Weather was awesome. Started around 0530, ran into 1 other group going up. Passed them and had a blast climbing the snow up the Worms Route, last 1000" needed crampons due to the ice. On the way down we glissaded, ran into a few skiers going up, temps were so hot people were in shorts and t-shirts.

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