|Peak Summited||2020 Mount Saint Helens|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Bivouac parking lot|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a partner|
|Road Conditions||Road rough but passable|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
we left at 6:45am, just after sunrise. There were two or three other parties, but we separated with our paces.
Forest section was beautiful with the early morning light, and an easy 2 miles with little height gain.
The next section was the most difficult, the bolder field. Although it was fun scrambling, it did go on forever. It was tricky to follow a path, but it really did not matter, as they all seemed to lead in the same direction – up. However, the views throughout this section of Hood, Adams and Jefferson were incredible.
Then, the ash section. This area was dusty and there was a lot of foot slipping in the soft ash/sand. We found that switchbacking helped, as did counting out 20 steps and resting.
Finally we arrived at the crater’s edge – the view was amazing. We knew about the blow out, but seeing it was something else. Just Awesome!
After a quick snack we headed on to the real peak, along the crater’s edge. A great walk, a little more up and down, and continued amazing views.
After more snacks, a rest and time to take in the views and rewards of the effort, we headed down.
It was a fun slide in the ash, tricky bolder steps on the rock section and then finally the forest trail.
Overall – 4 hours up, 3 down, and another 1 hour in stops. Great hike!