Day hike to summit, then down and around to explore the ash and debris fields. At Missoula Montana the St Helens ashfall was a heavy dusting, compare that to the 2000 feet thick volcanic debris east of the Yellowstone Caldera (Pilot and Index Peaks vertical height is almost entirely volcanic debris). So some day we may witness a serious eruption.
Terrible weather conditions, but a fun summit nevertheless. The lodge at the Marble Mountain Sno park is a great place to make breakfast before starting your alpine start. Also, if some snowmobilers stop by to make a fire when you return to your car, that is a great bonus.
Hit the trail for the Worm Flows at 1 am, and reached the summit at 6:30 on the dot. Was sleep-deprived coming down though, and mistakenly came down the Monitor Ridge route, while it was still under heavy snow, and ended up shwackin' my way back to the car... for 6 hours. That wasn't so fun. Great views at the summit though
I climbed this once when I was 11 and once when I was 15 (just this last summer). The first time I remember crossing over the first section of Monitor Ridge and seeing the summit for the first time. When I saw the summit, I lost all motivation. I ended up eating a cliff bar for the first time and getting enough energy to get up.
This summer I got about 1 hour of sleep out of anticipation for the climb the following day - probably not a good idea. Anyways, we started on the trail at exactly 8:00, and I was on Monitor Ridge by 9:00. The only time I stopped was to take my jacket off. Breaking out of the fog and being able to see for miles in a mist-filled sunlight is one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I was not expecting it. My experience with climbing and scrambling aided to cruising through Monitor Ridge in under an hour (9:45). I was still not remotely experiencing fatigue at this point and got to the top in under 30 minutes (Summit at 10:11). I was extremely happy with this and am looking forward to Adams and Rainier in 2020.
~Nick Stoker (Infinity Mountaineering/The Mountain Range Project)
Found this one surprisingly easy for a fairly large mountain! Stellar views from the crater rim, never seen anything like it. Great visibility to Rainier, Adams, Hood, even Jefferson in the distance. Start early or just hike fast to get ahead of the slow-moving crowds...my friend and I didn't start until 7 or so but passed pretty much everyone on the trail going up and had the summit to ourselves for a while before the masses started to catch up!
Beautiful clear day, and a fantastic glissade down almost 4k feet from the summit to treeline.
Go early, bring water.
One of my most fun glacier climbs - up the Forsyth Glacier, plus a 1000 foot glissade off the Dog's Head in a track so deep it looked like a bobsled run
Can't remember the year, but my dog Scooter Bug made it to the top with us! :)
I remember it being super hot and the summit being super sketchy. Would love to do it again
Great climb up after a spontaneous invite from an old friend. Perfect weather - we had almost no snow travel this time of year.
Perfect weather and conditions for an excellent climb with Michael and Brian (and several hundred of our closest friends). Trip Report
Only 6 days after getting married I decided to send this bad boi. when of the first 10 people to make the summit followed by a huge group. Sent first glissade tracks back down!
2 steps up 1 step down
Hiked up Monitor Ridge after getting a last minute permit. Round trip in about 4 hours 40 minutes.
Caught the last clear weekend before the winter weather really set in. The summer route was open and clear.
Had a difficult time, at the rim, trying to explain to a young man what the mountain looked like before the blast.
A great late season trip. Trailhead was accessible to pretty much any kind of vehicle. No snow until treeline, even then it was spotty. The route wasn't completely covered in snow/ice until around 6,000 feet at least. Spikes are highly suggested. You can get by with just trekking poles, but an ice axe was handy. Lots of sun and no wind at the summit made for a fantastic day. Probably a few dozen people on the route today. I bet a decent amount of them didn't make it to the ridge (late starters) and most others probably just went to the rim, not the summit.
First Washington Volcano