Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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mbt - Jun 26, 2014 7:29 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Fun!  Sucess!

Went up the Worm Flows route with about 1000 other people for the annual Mother's Day Climb. Many of the climbers were in costumes (the usual dresses + Star Wars themes), and it all around felt like a party atmosphere. Camped at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park the night before -- luckily, we were in the smaller parking lot (the one without the bathroom), which I heard was much quieter than the main parking lot. I imagine there were plenty of hung over climbers that day. We started up about 6 am and didn't hit snow until around Chocolate Falls, which was way later than when it hit it last year around this same time. Even after Chocolate Falls, we spent a good deal of time scrambling on the ridge rather than in the snow. I think we were consistently on snow for the last 2/3 to 1/2 of the climb. The snow was soft, and although we brought crampons, we didn't need them at any point.

Hit the very crowded summit around noon, and the weather started to deteriorate while we were waiting for the rest of our climbing party to arrive. In spite of a forecast showing no clouds and little wind, a cloud rolled in, and we got both wind and poor visibility. We glissaded down, and luckily one of the members of our party had placed some wands, which let us know we were going the right way. In spite of the limited snow at lower levels, we were able to glissade almost the whole way to Chocolate Falls, which was similar to what we did last year with more snow. Glissading was slow, though, and the chutes had various pits that required a bit of climbing around. Still beats walking, though. We got back to the car around 5.

Overall, a super fun day with a fun crowd but not your typical nature experience due to the crowds. One other note regarding the crowds, picking up passes the night before took forever, and getting to a computer or on a wifi network is difficult if you don't have your permit printout. So come prepared and if possible, try to show up earlier in the afternoon.

x83415 - Jun 25, 2014 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2014

Ski Descent (sort of)  Sucess!

Departed Climbers Bivuac at 0450, got to the true summit at 0820. Hung out for 45 mins or so. Snow had began softening up and I skied down almost to tree line. The ridges had no snow and I had to kick of skis twice to cross on the rocks. Snow was goodfor spring/summer ski. Got back to car at 1130.

PDuckX - Jun 16, 2014 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Stayed at the Climbers Bivoac the night before. If you have time, go explore the Ape Caves.
Started at 6:00 am with a party of 24. On the hike through the forested portion that group broke up into 3's and 4's depending on speed. Weather was overcast and cool but OK. Once we got up to the weather station the weather started to deteriorate quite quickly. Rain, Sleet, snow and wind.
We made it to the top where the weather was just slightly better than lower. Only thing visible was the top of the crater, but we were there.
Of course when we all back at camp, the weather broke and the sun came out. Oh, well. Gives me an excuse to do it again.

Mike Austin

Mike Austin - Jun 11, 2014 2:29 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2014

Worm Flow Trail  Sucess!

Good Climb ... was slushy towards the 4,800 marker, but icy at the rim.


MattDurkee - Jun 8, 2014 11:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2004

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Actually went to the true summit to the West, didn't seems like most people bother to. Proceeded to hike the Loowit trail around the mtn. following the climb.


Fairley8 - Jun 7, 2014 6:42 pm Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2012

Best view from the top  Sucess!

Started from the Marble Mountain Sno Park at 5:45am. Climbed the standard winter route up Worm Flows. Amazing views from top including Mt. Hood to the south, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier to the north. 55 degrees and no wind at the summit was quite a surprise in early February.


yadahzoemtn - May 10, 2014 4:32 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2001

First Cascade Volcano  Sucess!

One of my first mountains and the first of my Cascade Volcanoes. With Kevin and Doug. Wonderful trip.


WendyK - May 2, 2014 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Historical Event  Sucess!

Something pretty cool about being alive during the Mt St Helens explosion, playing in the ash at Moses Lake as a kid, climbing the mountain and staring into the crater.


nlahue - May 1, 2014 9:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2014

worm flows  Sucess!

Great climb of the worm flows route. Got brief views of hood, adams and rainer. Snowboarded down from the summit on some pretty icy stuff. Had a brief period of white out on the way down.


pschlais - Apr 26, 2014 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2012

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Other than being a bit windy, perfect weather.


ThorsChosen - Apr 18, 2014 12:05 am Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2014

Worm Flows  Sucess!

A lot of people at the Marble Mount Parking lot the night before, around 50 cars or so. I think close to 200 people had permits for 04/13/14. I started climbing at 0330hrs to get ahead of the crowd. I think I was the first one to get to the true summit for the day. Beautiful morning with great views.


Carv - Jan 22, 2014 3:17 pm Date Climbed: May 13, 2012

Worm  Sucess!

Worm Flows route, nice glissade down.


Kevintheclimber - Dec 27, 2013 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Summit success   Sucess!

Generally a beautiful day. The climb up was fun, and a bit easy. However- i do remember the descent being a bitch

Cascade Scrambler

Cascade Scrambler - Nov 30, 2013 10:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2013

Second time is a charm  Sucess!

I had unfinished business with this mountain after getting blown off of the Worm Flows route in the worst white-out I've ever experienced. This trip was wild, too.

I car camped at Climber's Bivouac, and was on the trail at 5:15. I hit treeline in no time, and spent half an hour or so waiting out an absolutely gnarly lightning storm. After I began ascending, I noticed a gorgeous double rainbow off to climber's left; I hoped this would be a good omen. *Just* prior to sunrise, I took a series of the most amazing pictures I've ever taken of Rainier. I had to stop once to wait out a torrential downpour for about 10 - 15 minutes, and at the Plate Boundary Observatory Station I had to wait out winds that kept picking me up and knocking me down.

Once the winds subsided, I hauled ass as fast as one does at this altitude towards the summit ridge. I've heard people say that the traverse over to the true summit is loose and dangerous- well yeah, it's an active volcano. However, it's not as bad as advertised, and it's worth the trip. I had the true summit to myself for 30 - 45 minutes before the next group arrived. I ended up being the unofficial "official" photographer for the next 10 people or so that made the trip to the true summit.

The views to the north east were obscured by low clouds, but the views in all other directions were stunning. I booked it back down the trail and managed to make it home for the Seahawks game that afternoon. What a great, glorious day!


locke456 - Oct 7, 2013 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2011

Great Winter Climb  Sucess!

Route: Monitor Ridge

We decided to wait out permit season on this one, and it was totally worth the wait. We lucked out with a great, clear weather day (except for some high winds that tried to blow our tent away). The climb itself, even in December snow, is a pretty easy one along Monitor Ridge, but because it's St. Helens, you still feel like you're tackling some huge alpine monstrosity. We needed crampons a bit at the end, but more for peace of mind than anything else. Oh, and the rim cornicing at the summit was scary, so be careful if you go in late season...

Robert Hollingsworth - Oct 6, 2013 6:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2013

Mount Saint Helens via Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Great day on the summit of the mountain. The weather conditions were terrible all week but managed to clear up the day of our climb. There was about a foot of snow that was a little icy but softened up quickly in the morning sun. Could see Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Jefferson as well as the Northern Cascades. A great day to be on the mountain!


nicozone - Sep 13, 2013 2:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2013

Farewell to Grandfather  Sucess!

We originally wanted to take a few newbie climbers for their first summit, but every of them bailed at the last minute due to anxiety or scheduling. My regular climbing partner and I went up and back in 5 hours 25 minutes to see how fast we could push ourselves. He also brought his grandfather's ashes to the summit for a quick memorial and release onto the flanks of the mountain; his grandfather last summited Mt. St. Helens in the late 1970's, and was unable to return for a post-eruption summit.


youngdoc - Aug 31, 2013 3:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Damn you, cloud  Sucess!

I started at 7 a.m., summited at 10:45 a.m., spent 90 minutes on the rim, and was back to my car by 3:40. Having said that, one third of the way into the hike, a cloud settled onto the mountain and refused to leave. Visibility was less than 100 meters and my view of much of the ascent was mist, through which the occasional hiker appeared.

On the summit, the wind, sand, and mist were absolute: every piece of gear that I carried was coated in droplets of moisture and inundated with grit. Despite four layers of clothing, I shivered continuously on the rim and had to pull my buff over my face to stay warm and keep the sand out of my mouth. I could hear helicopters in the crater, but I couldn't see more than a few feet over the edge of the rim. I had no views at all from the summit. Still, I met some great hikers and I enjoyed every second of scrambling over the crusty boulders on the way up. Some chunks of rock looked as if only yesterday they had been ripped violently from the rocky face of the mountain and dropped where they lay, half polished stone, half twisted, sheared rock.

Going up, the wooded section is very easy. The boulder scramble is a little more work, but if you are worried about that section, you can pick your path and choose one of least resistance (steering only roughly from post to post) obviating most points of challenge. The third phase -- the scree slope -- is a little tiresome, because by that time your legs may be heavy and it's nearly a straight shot up to the summit -- there are no switchbacks to diminish the steepness of the ascent. But again, it's just a question of plodding along, a few steps at a time, as I did, after I apparently attempted to set a speed record on the most challenging route through the boulders that I could create. That wore me down and I tottered my way up the scree slope.

If that sounds somewhat encouraging, I have to add the caveat that the descent is more likely to be a genuine challenge. I carried my ice axe and snow pants, but there was no snow worth glissading, so I was relegated to walking down the scree. I slid and fell on my tail several times on the descent, mainly in the areas where the trail transitions between scree and boulders. No cataclysmic falls, but the conditions were potentially there for one. With each step on sand/scree on the way down, I found myself aiming for anything that resembled solid rock, so I could avoid another unexpected slide. My advice: be careful and allow as much time for your descent as your ascent.


OwenT - Aug 17, 2013 3:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013

Good Day  Sucess!

Got all 17 people in our group up and had a great time, stayed in a wonderful B&B in Cougar.

pdx2lax - Aug 6, 2013 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Was able to snag a pass from someone who couldn't go. It was an excellent hike. Just beat some clouds that were forming to the summit and the views were great!

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