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Beautiful day on the mountain

Peak Summited2021 Mount Saint Helens
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMarble Mountain Snow Park - Worm Flows winter route TH
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Drove from Seattle on Friday 4/16 and camped at Eagle Cliff campground, about 30 mins from the TH. On Saturday 4/17 we got up at 4am and drove to Marble Mountain Snow park – the trailhead for Worm Flows – the winter route on Mount St. Helens. Started our hike at 5am. By 6am we were out of the forest and enjoyed beautiful sunrise on the mountain. Snow was fairly slushy at lower elevations, but more firm and icy towards the top. Took us 6 hours to get to the summit. We reached the summit exactly at 11am. Handful of hikers, mostly skiers and snowboarders. Easy trail to follow, good conditions, beautiful sunny day, little windy on the approach, but wind died down later on. Spent about 30 mins on the top taking pictures and taking in the views. After that we put on our snow pants and glissaded down the mountain all the way to the tree line. Took about one hour. Glissade route was good, fast and easy to follow, we were using ice axe to break on the way down. Got down to the car at 2pm and drove back to Seattle. All along, great day to be on the mountain, glad we scored permits for Saturday! Not crowded at all, which was nice to see.

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    1. It is about 6 miles one way and 5700 AEG 🙂 its a pretty steady climb, with the last 2 miles being steep but we had some good steps kicked in which was nice! No need for crampons either, spikes were enough.