Mt. St. Helens - Washington State

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3.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
600 ft
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This is just a short hike around the blown down area starting at Johnson Ridge. The devastation is still very apparent with very little vegetation able to make a foothold 23 years after the eruption.

With vistas of the volcano from the collapsed side of the mountain and a view of Spirit Lake this is something you definitely want to see if you are in the area.

This is a very popular tour area as you can imagine. So be prepared for the crowds even on the short trails.

Remember to bring a hat and plenty of water as there obviously isn't any cover and the reflection of the sun off the ash makes for a scorching hike.

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Hiker Reviews For The Mt St Helens Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, September 17, 2017
I have walked this trail twice now. The first time was about 3 weeks ago. I was followed by horseflies for miles, stung on the head by a bee, and ended up with poison ivy on my ankles. We went again today and everything was going good until mile 2.7 there was a bee nest in a hole in the ground right on the trail (100+ bees around the opening of the hole). I didn't even see it, walked right past it, but my g/f and dog ended up getting stung multiple times each. Then we had to forge a trail through the woods to get to the other side of the hive. so I've struck out twice now. I think this will be a good walk in fall and winter though when all the bees are gone. Not sure if ill go back for more punishment though. Think ill just try a new trail.

By: Ash Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, July 17, 2017
On this day I wanted a well maintained "easy" hike and this met my needs. Easy is relative, however the easy part for me was not too much elevation change, no long rocky sections, no very steep inclines or declines. The first 1/2 mile is full of road noise but after that it is nice and quiet. I would hike this again.

By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
A few dogwoods and many wildflowers in bloom. Ran into about 10 serious AT hikers, with several staying in the shelter. Wasn't sure about the relatively large (for me) elevation increase but, as you can see from the profile, the increase is not all at once and thus wasn't bad. A few times on the steepest slopes I stopped to catch my breath a few times. I like hikes that include the AT as a portion because in this area it is always in fair to excellent shape. The blue-blazed trails are rockier and narrower, also more isolated as the AT hikers stuck to the AT. I sat at the cabin on the swing by myself for a while. The Fisher Hill Loop Scenic Trail had a surreal aspect with very long views through the trees (no "vistas") and wide slopes you don't see on the AT portion -- it is a real change of pace. Many streams to cross along the whole way. It was relatively dry and I didn't need my hiking pole I had packed in my backpack. There is a lot of variety and many things to like about this hike. This is one I'd do again.

By: Jen M Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, April 28, 2017
Not a bad hike. I wanted to get out of the city and let the dogs off-leash, so it certainly met those criteria with a reasonable drive to squeeze in on a Friday. Parking area was really hard to see (gps is spot on, it's just really, really hard to see). Trail is very well marked. With all the rain we crossed over a handful of streams and the dogs were plenty muddy!

By: Van Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Great Hike Read my full review here:

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