|Peak Summited||2020 Mount Saint Helens|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a partner|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Intermittent snow - not hard to cross|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
This hike surprised me. It was wild, lunar and otherworldly.
– The initial 2-mile section of meadows was a full rainbow of wildflowers.
– The middle 2-3 mile section of rocky scramble and dusty trail was challenging in its steep ascent and uneven footing.
– The last 1-2 miles was straight up ash and scree. Tough to keep a good pace at the last push, but the views at the top – WOW, it's like a moonscape meets winterscape.
Total mileage we clocked = 12. This could be because it's not really a straight shot to the top, lots of zig-zagging on the trail, over boulders, especially if you go to the True Summit, a half-mile from where you reach the crater rim.
I don't know what it is about this hike, but it's easily in my top 3 hikes *ever*. How often do you get to walk the rim of a volcano that erupted a few decades ago? The views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier aren't bad too. 🙂