The Loowit Trail circumambulates Mount St. Helens, dropping into and climbing out of deep gullies left by the eruption of St. Helens and its subsequent debris flows. This hike is very challenging, with sparse camps, little water and some sketchy sections of loose pumice. Since the eruption denuded the slopes of the mountain, you’re almost always in sun, so make sure you wear your hat and bring sunscreen. It is all too easy to get a severe sunburn on these slopes.
With those cautions in mind, you’ll fully appreciate the stark, otherworldly beauty of the blast zone. Vast fields of pumice gouged with deep gullies frame the gaping immensity of the mountain.
There are multiple points where you can access the Loowit, here are four of the most commonly used access points. (If you want a taste of the Loowit without the full meal deal, each of these hikes is a great way to sample the mountain.)
Follow the Truman Trail (#207) for approx. 3 miles, then take the Windy Trail (#216E) for another 1 mile to the Loowit (#216). This route will take you closest to “The Breach” and Loowit Falls. Note that camping is not allowed in the blast zone which includes the northern portion of the mountain between the South Fork of the Toutle River and Windy Pass.
Ape Canyon Trailhead
Park at the Ape Canyon Trailhead and go 5.5 miles on the Ape Canyon Trail (#234) to the junction with the Loowit (#216). Turn right (north) and hike another mile or two across the spectacular Plains of Abraham. Note this route is very popular with mountain bikers.
Take the Ptarmigan Trail (#216A) 2 miles to the junction with the Loowit (#216). Turn left or right to experience the Loowit as it skirts the treeline along the volcano’s southern flank.
Blue Lake Trailhead
Follow the Toutle Trail (#238) for about 3 miles. Ascend the Sheep Canyon Trail (#240) 2.5 miles to the Loowit. You can make a nice lollipop loop by following the Loowit another 2.5 miles north to its intersection with the terminus of the Toutle Trail, then following the Toutle Trail approx 5 miles back to the Blue Lake Trailhead.
Circumnavigating Mount St. Helens
Some recommend starting from the south at Climber’s Bivouac while others chose to start on the NE side from Windy Ridge. In either case you need to plan on crossing the blast zone in one push as camping is prohibited between the South Fork of the Toutle River and Windy Pass. Since the most rugged section is on the west side where major washouts require extensive detours and/or scrambles, plan your trip to hit those sections when you are relatively fresh.
Although each year hikers do complete the Loowit, others have turned back unable to find safe passage through some of the gullies. Since conditions change so frequently and people’s route finding ability and tolerance for risk vary, it is impossible to predict if the circumnavigation is “doable” at any given time for any hiker.
This route description is for a counter-clockwise circumnavigation hike starting from the north side where the Windy Trail (#216E) meets the Loowit.
Your first seven miles will afford near constant views of denuded slopes as you cross the blast zone looking into “The Breach”. As you come around the mountain to the NW, the route drops into the valley carved by the South Fork of the Toutle. Here the trail is frequently obliterated by the river and sliding loose rock and pumice. Crossing this gully is the first of three major wash-outs on the route.
Continuing on the Loowit, the trail climbs up into remnant old growth forest on Crescent Ridge, and then enters a zone of burned trees and flower-rife meadows. You’ll enter subalpine forest, the trail climbing and falling until it again ascends to timberline near 4,700 ft. About a ½ mile beyond the junction with the Sheep Canyon Trail the Loowit was obliterated by a washout leaving a huge chasm with near vertical walls in its place. The Forest Service completed a bypass route that adds another few miles, but it is much safer than attempting to scramble through the massive gully.
Next, you’ll reach the junction with the Butte Camp Trail #238A. You can drop steeply along this trail—roughly 800 feet—to Butte Camp, if you need to make camp.
Most of the trail from here on in is rugged as it runs along lava beds to the junction with the June Lake Trail. For a pleasant campsite, follow the June Lake Trail (#216B) ¼ mile to its namesake lake. Continuing around the SE side of the Mountain you will encounter the 3rd major washout on the Loowit at Muddy Creek. It is approx. 4 miles from the June Lake Trail junction. Like the previous two washed out sections, the steep canyon walls and loose rock make it difficult and dangerous to scramble through the chasm. Currently there is no bypass route. However WTA volunteer Backcountry Response Teams are scheduled to restore this section in 2010.
You’ll traverse more lava on the 4.75 miles to the Ape Canyon Trail, and finally have 4 miles of relatively smooth trail across the Plains of Abraham, then up Windy Pass and back to the intersection of the Windy Trail (#216). From there you’re on familiar terrain following the Truman Trail (#207) back to Windy Pass.
Take FR 25 just outside of Randle, take FR 99 16 miles to its end at Windy Point. Walk the gated service road signed “Truman Trail No. 207” toward Mount St. Helens for two miles until you descend into a dry arroyo. From here, take the Windy trail #216E until you reach the Loowit at about 4,500 feet.
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Loowit attempt #216,Blue Lake Horse #237
— Jul 22, 2008
Blowdowns | Washouts | Snow on trail
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It’s hard to find any recent info on the Loowit, so I figured I should post this, even though we d...
It’s hard to find any recent info on the Loowit, so I figured I should post this, even though we didn’t get all the way around.
We arrived at the Marble Mountain sno-park/trailhead at about 6:30 am for our one-day attempt at hiking the Loowit trail. We had been warned ahead of time by someone at monument headquarters that “under no circumstances should [we] attempt the Loowit trail.” This of course had the opposite effect and just made us want to go check it out even more. The trail is in rough shape. The stretches that aren’t under snow, across boulder fields, or washed out in ravines are often in a state of sloughing off. My friend made the comment that it was almost like an Indian Jones movie where you have to run as the trail falls away behind you. It wasn’t quite THAT bad, but I think you get the idea. We were stopped just before noon at the large washout just before Sheep Canyon. We were heading in a clockwise direction. It is POSSIBLE to get around this washout by heading down slope for maybe half a mile to a mile, scrambling down, scrambling back up, and then bushwhacking your way up to the trail. We did explore down slope with this thought in mind, but eventually due to time constraints, not knowing what other challenges lay ahead, not wanting to hike into the night and freak out our wives by not making our 10:00pm check in time, we decide to bag the Loowit and instead came up with the bright idea of continuing to bushwhack and explore downslope with the thought of striking the Blue Lake Horse Trail. We were able to eventually find the trail (also washed out – keep to the southern shore of the washout to eventually strike the trail) and were planning on following that to the Toutle trail. At the Junction the Toutle trail to the SE was taped off, wood piled in front of it, the sign pulled out and broken, and new sign saying that the trail was closed ½ mile ahead was posted. Having had enough of scrambling through washouts for one day, we stuck to the horse trail to reach FS road 8100. We followed that past the turn to the climber’s bivouac. We were then able to score a ride down to the junction with road 83, hiked that for a about a mile and half and scored a truck bed ride back to our car at the sno-park. In all, the GPS said we did about 19 miles (after subtracting the car rides.) Not quite as nice as the full Loowit, but a good adventure. As far as we saw, the Loowit is doable given enough time – but it is in rough shape in some spots. We got the impression that the FS is just going to let this one fade away – which is too bad. It’s a great way to sample all the aspects of this unique mountain.
Burnt Peak,Siouxon #216
— Aug 13, 2005
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After spending the night at Point 3670 ( another old fire lookout) we slowly made our way to the Si...
After spending the night at Point 3670 ( another old fire lookout) we slowly made our way to the Siouxon Peak trail. This is a super trail....getting to it is not so super. Take forest service road 61 ( Dry Creek road)from the Wind River road and then 6103. 6103 is in bad shape with car swallower potholes forcing a slow pace indeed. The trailhead is at a clearcut at the end of 6103....skirt the upper end of the clearcut and gulp before crossing a small avalanche chute at the east end of the clearcut. Follow the old road bed up through lovely dry forest filled with large timber. This area really should be added to the nearby Trapper Peak wilderness. The roadbed switchbacks up and turns into trail at the base of Siouxon. The trail and roadbed are maintained by the local mountain bike guys....great work! Climb up the old lookout trail into meadows and then a knife ridge. The trail to Huffman peak cuts off below the old lookout site. Enjoy the gentians and penstemon and harebells below the ridge. Climb up to Siouxon and bask in sunshine, breezes and wonderful Mount Adams and Mount Hood views. (St Helens is visible from the trail but trees shroud the west and southwest views.) Marvel at the tenacity of the folks who built, manned and maintained lookouts in these fantastic places. We did not see a soul.....
On our way out, we decided to stop at yet another old lookout location. Burnt Peak overlooks the Lewis river, but there is no trail, and no view. We found a fire service road (3211) and bushwacked our way to the highest point of this peak....trees grown up around the site for 30 years made it quite the scramble. The lookout platform and some lookout junk is still there....
Loowit #216,June Lake #216.1
— Aug 21, 2004
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Dad and I departed the June Lake trailhead around 7:45 Saturday morning under thick clouds and chil...
Dad and I departed the June Lake trailhead around 7:45 Saturday morning under thick clouds and chilly but comfortable temps. The clouds were so low that we couldn't even see the waterfall on the far side of the lake. About a steep quarter mile later we met the Loowit Trail and decided to head clockwise around the mountain. During the next half mile there are some surprisingly huge old growth stands which are situated right at the base of boulder fields. Some of these trees must be 8 feet in diameter. Amazing considering they're on the slopes of an active volcano. The trail then enters endless boulder fields. Wood poles have been placed to keep hikers on track; otherwise you'd be wandering aimlessly. The clouds were basically below us at this point and views of Adams and Hood were excellent. At the junction with the Ptarmigan Trail we met three young ladies heading up to the rim. Where the trail isn't in the boulders it's often very brushy. Westward we continued over more lava fields and through dry gullies. On the ridge above the Toutle River you begin to see the devastation caused by the eruption. The trees looked like toothpicks, some still standing and some lying parallel by the hundreds. Spruces have made a great return on the SW corner. One could have thought they were walking through a Christmas tree farm if the mountain weren't right there. After a 1,000 ft descent you come to trail junction 238 and a minute later is the only good water source since June Lake. You can't miss it, because it runs right over the Loowit trail. After coming out of the bushes you have to jump across the Toutle. We were there at about 3:00pm and found some rocks that were about 3 feet apart. Otherwise your feet get wet. Not deep at all, maybe about a foot. The climb out of the canyon is interesting, about an 800 ft vertical gain, traversing up the sandy canyon wall. Clouds were rapidly approaching so we wandered the plateau above the canyon for some flat ground sheltered in the small trees. This was right on the edge of the restricted Blast Zone. After setting up camp and having lunch the rains came. And they didn't leave. Heavy rain from about 4:00pm Saturday until about 8:00am Sunday morning. So we retreated to our tents and weathered the storm. Much to my surprise my tent didn't leak a drop. The lightning storm that night was hellacious. Between the thunder, the googling elk herds, the deafening rain drops and the raging nearby Toutle River coming off the mountain, not much sleep was to be had. So around 7:30am Sunday morning we broke camp in a steady rain. Seemed like a pretty crappy start to the day. But by the time we were back on the trail the rain had all but stopped. We caught up to a trio we had seen the previous day going counterclockwise while coming up the Toutle canyon. They didn't bother to cross the river on Saturday and evidently camped on the north side, which was unfortunate because Sunday morning it had swollen so much it was too dangerous to cross. So they had to retreat in the direction they had just come from. What a bummer. Across the Blast Zone we went, following cairns but often times guessing which direction to head since the heavy rains and runoff obliterated the real trail. After about 6 miles we decided to bypass the Loowit Falls junction and keep marching towards Windy Pass. The clouds shifted around for about a minute and we got our one and only view of the crater dome. There was a very cool oasis maybe a mile before Windy Pass. Lush vegetation grew along a creek with crystal clear water. After staying rather level across the Blast Zone, climbing up Windy Pass was a wakeup call, but well worth it because the Plains of Abraham was my favorite stretch. Wide open flat expanses with occasional creeks flowing in many different directions. I'm betting that this water came from rain? I'm not certain. We could only see the base of the mountain but I imagine the views on a clear day would be unlike any other. At the southern edge of the Plains we stopped for lunch at the top of Ape Canyon. The final push towards June Lake seemed like an endless stretch of gullies and canyons. After about 2 hours of climbing in and out and up and down you're rewarded with about quarter mile of ripe berry fields. I was hoping to spot a bear. I would carefully glance around every corner of the trail to make sure I didn’t come face to face with one. But we didn’t see any critters here. A mile later we were back where we started, the June Lake junction. 30 miles in two days in the middle of an unreal rainstorm warranted a high five. 30 minutes later a cold brew on ice waited for us at the trailhead.
This hike is like no other you'll do in the state of Washington. The scenery varies from moonscape to desert to open meadows to old growth forest. The biggest caution I saw on this trail was not the lack of water. You just need to plan how much you need between sources. In my mind you need to take the most care with the countless exposed trails you have to tiptoe across. The trail climbing to Windy Pass for instance was about a foot wide and a few hundred feet down. Same with the north side of the Toutle. But that was all sand which means the fall down might just be entertaining until you hit bottom. The Muddy River crossing is another stomach twister that comes to mind. We were fortunate enough to have cloud cover during 90% of our trip. The other 10% was about 70 degrees in the direct sun so despite the wild weather on Saturday night the weather was on our side. And did I mention NO BUGS, only grasshoppers.
— Aug 07, 2004
— this train still runs
Blowdowns | Washouts | Overgrown
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After a long, rainy Friday night drive to the south side of Mt St Helens and a short time sleeping ...
After a long, rainy Friday night drive to the south side of Mt St Helens and a short time sleeping and wondering if the rain would stop, we got up at 5 to cloudy skies, had a parking lot breakfast at the June Lake trailhead, and started up at 6:19 AM on our annual epic. We seven were headed for the Loowit Trail #216 and a counterclockwise trip around the mountain in one day. Two guys from Oregon went up ahead of us, to go for clockwise run in 7 hours. We were thinking more like 14-15 hours for 31 miles, hiking and jogging. Weather and conditions were perfect, nice and cool with the sand and ash dampened by a day of rain. At June Lake, 1.7 miles from the TH, we took an unintended detour up the ski route, trail 244, across a lava boulder field heading NW instead of N up through the forest to the Loowit. Retraced and went through the camp site up to the trail. The landscape opens up right away to plains and low growth, with lots of loose sandy gullies to go down and up. Also lots of blue huckleberries at their prime, slowing some of us down a bit to rake off handfuls. A bear had obviously been enjoying the harvest, too, judging from scat on the trail.
Shoestring Glacier drainage was the first really deep gully. One lava boulder field comes early this way, too, with no defined tread. The rough lava is great for traction but can really scrape if you miss a step. This trail might not be enjoyable with a full pack for people not used to climbing or hiking in scree, pumice, sand and boulder fields. We reached Ape Canyon trail 234 at 8:52 AM.
The Plains of Abraham were beautiful, wide open spaces with carpets of yellow green moss some places and lavender blooming sage or little lupine in others. Windy Pass was windy. And cool. 10:11 AM. We stopped for food and needed our windbreakers. After the 95-100 degree days of a couple weeks ago, we were feeling lucky to have the overcast and north breeze, even though the clouds obscured the top of the mountain. This route is totally exposed to weather most of the way.
The route though the Restricted Zone is pretty minimal, sometimes just cairns through rocky, sandy areas with braided shallow streams to jump and more gullies. Lots of scrubby vegetation coming back, with subalpine firs mixed in on north slopes. Some stretches smell like a cattle ranch from the elk. We looked up to the Loowit Falls, but didn’t take the side trip. 10:47 AM. We met the Oregon ultrarun pair just north of here, about 10 miles into it for us and 20 for them right on pace for 7 hours. These were the first people we met on the Loowit.
Spirit Lake was cool to see from this side, and it was really impressive to see the extent of the blast zone. Johnston Observatory came out of the clouds as we went west along the northernmost part of the Loowit. Also saw a couple of black puffs from the crater.
Plenty of water sources this day, but some might not have been there without the rain the day before. We didn’t stop for water but could have at the second large drainage about 2 mi from June Lake Tr 244, and Muddy River and Shoestring Glacier drainage and a couple others, some silty or milky. Most of us started with about 3 liters that took us to a great spring about 1/2 mi past the Windy Ridge trail 216E that feeds a big grove of alders. We took water right from the rocks and skipped the iodine.
More open territory with little gullies then big gullies then a ridge with kinnikinik above the gorge of the Toutle, and a long, sandy traverse down. After a foot-wetting jump or two across the shallow stream, we took a good break for food and filtered some milky water. 1:30 PM. Met a group of 3 backpackers on the ridge, and 3 day hikers at the river. From here, we went up the long, grown-over forested trail on Crescent Ridge and felt like we were back on the wet side of Washington in typical lush lowland fir-hemlock forest. Some of the tallest red Coral Root orchids I’ve seen. Salmon berries, red huckleberries and blackcaps were ripe. We saw a solitary mountain goat across the valley to the north. This forest changes abruptly when the trail heads south and hits a deep gully that has washed out the trial. At the drainage north of Trial 240 there is a long detour to the west from the route on the Greentrails map, losing maybe 500 VF, then back up the other side. We arrived at Sheep Creek tr 240 at 3:11. From here there’s a dry, open pine forest, smelling great in the afternoon sun. Blue skies now, sun on our backs, and views of the whole mountain here and there. The SW side is a mix of trail and various kinds of rock boulder fields including lava blocks. Butte Creek trail 238A at 4:18 PM, and we met our last 3 hikers in the next stretch when we were feeling like it was coming up on the home stretch. Total of just 11 humans on the loop on a perfect August day! After the Climbers Bivouac trail 216A, the trail goes across some nice open meadows and patches of forest. I flushed a grouse that just about made me jump off the mountain, then disturbed an big doe elk, and met a pica shortly after.
We “decided” to take the lower trail 244, the ski route, back down to June Lake, thus going across the lava field there for the third time today, following the orange poles. Interesting, but a lot easier on skis with a few feet of snow cover. June Lake was a nice, cold place to cool off the hot feet and get washed up before the final 1.7 mi to the cars. Arrived back at the lot feeling really good about the day, after 13 hours, 31.4 trail miles, and 7,447 feet vertical gain. A great dinner at Maria’s Mexican restaurant in Woodland topped it off. Don for Jerry, Kevin, Kristen, Bill, Marc, Matt
— Jun 19, 2004
Blowdowns | Washouts | Snow on trail
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The Loowit Trail Trip Report:
WOW!!!! That’s about the best word I can come up with to describe ...
The Loowit Trail Trip Report:
WOW!!!! That’s about the best word I can come up with to describe this trip. From my perspective, it wasn’t just a backpack…it was an adventure. It was tougher than when I climbed St. Helen’s last month!
On a clear skied Saturday morning, starting from the June Lake trailhead (elev. 2700’) myself, my son Adam, (Henceforth dubbed the trail name, ALTIDUDE) Crwdog, his wife Marlyse, D3fold and Rainrunner headed upwards to join the Loowit trail. We did the trail in a counter-clockwise fashion and generally stayed between 3200’ and 4800’.
Just past June Lake on trail 244, we encountered many downed trees that required going under or over. The woods soon gave way to The Loowit Trail (216) and rugged lava flows that the trail traveled through. The trail in many places throughout this entire trip was only marked by rock cairns or unique wooden guide posts placed at intervals so you could go generally in the correct direction. Over the lava flows, rock hopping we went. Rainrunner became the first casualty (And most repeated casualty) of the trip when she scraped a leg on the sharp rocks. Ouch!
Past the first lava flows the trail re-entered the woods and became VERY sketchy. With downed trees, no markers and snow patches here & there, the only way to distinguish the trail location at times was to look for the cut ends of fallen trees. It appeared as if we were the first persons this season to travel this section of the trail!
Past the crossing of the climbers route at Ptarmigan trail, (216A) the trail once again entered huge lava flows, much larger than the first ones we encountered! There was NO trail…one just had to aim for the cairns or the guideposts for about a mile of extremely rough, up and down rock hopping. Spirits were high, though and we all took it in “stride”.
Easy going for awhile, then we encountered “The Gullies” which plagued us for most of the trip. Sometimes HUGE, deep, gullies that intersected the trail, forcing us to scramble, slide or bounce down steep, loose rock & ash to the bottom, then cross a usually dry stream-bed and then at times claw our way up the other side whenever there wasn’t a re-routed trail present. Whew! They really slowed down our pace! A really big one on this first day was at about 2.5 miles past trail 238A, that had about a half mile total re-route.
We eventually arrived at a high overlook at the South Fork Toutle River that provided a grand view of the monstrous gully that held the Toutle, plus a glimpse of the “Restricted Area” on the opposite side of the gully that we would go into tomorrow. We made our way down to the river bottom and set up camp for the night right next to the Toutle River. It had been a 14 mile day. After refilling our water at a nearby spring about ¼ mile down the Toutle Trail #238 and a quick dinner, everyone sacked out just as the sun went behind a ridge to the west in preparation for an early start for a long 19 mile day tomorrow.
On the trail at 6:15AM, we scrambled down the 8’ high vertical gravel banks of the Toutle, crossed it and headed up switchbacks through the woods. They soon gave way to a scary, steep, loose scree-slope that we gingerly and slowly traversed up to the restricted area where there was a gorgeous view and meadows. We then headed across the blast zone, which became more and more desert-like and extremely desolate the further we went. The devastation that the eruption had caused in this area became quickly obvious, but there was green re-growth in places.
HOT! Man, it was hot today in this place! About 90 degrees or so, but thankfully there was a little breeze blowing to make sure the dust that kicked up from our boot steps would stick to our sweaty, sunscreen encrusted brows.
We startled a herd of elk as we topped the rim of one of the many gullies of this north side of the mountain. 14 cows thundered down the gully, while 3 huge bulls tried to sneak off undetected in the opposite direction. Soon, The Breach of the volcano came into view with Loowit falls coming out of it. Awesome! Again the trail became sketchy and difficult to follow due to erosion and deposition for about ½ mile on an active alluvial fan. There were only a few cairns to be seen.
D3fold shifted into high gear about this time and after giving him one of our radios, he took off ahead of us slow pokes and scouted for the correct route. It should be noted at this time to everyone reading this that might do this trail that the lack of decent water is a very serious factor in this entire circuit! We nearly ran out and were going to try to filter some crappy, glacier silt ridden goop, when d3fold radioed us that he had found an oasis, complete with trees! We had heard this pure water source existed, but its exact location was not known to us. (It’s between Loowit Falls trail 216F and Windy trail 216E) We hurried ahead and found a crystal clear spring, bubbling forth from some rocks. We filled our containers and drank our fill directly from the delicious water source, not worrying about “water nasties.”
Onward we went, across the gullied desert and soon went up a series of “real” rock switchbacks blasted out of a cliff to Windy Pass and out of the restricted area where we once again met up with d3fold. The pass is aptly named by the way and was a grassy delightful place to take a break and see forever in most all directions.
Down from the pass we went on another steep, loose scree slope and onto the flat and desolate Plains of Abraham. The trail was pretty obvious in the dirt and easy to follow and d3fold went ahead. Rainrunner had gotten dirt into her boots and I stayed with her while she cleaned them out and everyone else continued ahead.
We found my son, Altidude sitting along the trail at the far edge of the Plains of Abraham, looking pretty exhausted after 15 miles. The remainder of the group had gone ahead since Rainrunner and I were only 15 minutes behind them. It was about this time that shin splints started bothering me pretty badly and I also slowed down dramatically. The three of us continued on at a slower pace along the east side of the mountain, across many more gullies, interspaced with woods. At a gully draining the Shoestring glacier, the trail was obliterated. We had to scramble down nearly 100’ of the steepest, worst stuff yet! We helped each other down and back up the equally difficult far side without many more abrasions.
We were stopping frequently to rest since the trail between Ape Canyon trail #234 and June Lake trail #216B had now became lava flows and large rocks again, which combined with our maladies made us pretty darned slow. We were passed by two trail runners who told us that they had left June Lake trailhead this morning at 8AM going counter-clockwise and now had nearly completed the circuit in about 10 hours! Pure insanity in my humble opinion!
After 2 miles of lava flows, the trail finally came down into the woods where it soon joined the June Lake trail and out to the trailhead. Yay!!!
Instead of the 3 ½ hour drive home that faced us, I drove us to Woodland and crashed at a motel for the evening. Ahhhhhhh! Shower….bed…..pillow! NICE!
All in all, a very good trip. I wouldn't reccommend doing it on only two days to us ""normal"" backpackers though.....too much mileage due to the No Camping restrictions placed on people going through the blast zone.
WTA worked here!
Wildflowers on the Plain of Abraham. Photo by Scott (tall guy).
2010, 2011, 2012
- Loowit (#216)
- South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
- Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Mountain views
- Established campsites
Dogs not allowed
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
- 100 Hikes in the South Cascades and Olympics, Spring/Manning
- Mount St. Helens NVM Trail Guide: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/documents/Mount_St_Helens_Trail_Guide.pdf
- Green Trails Mount St. Helens #364 and #364S
- Schematic Trail Map: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/locations/msh-0216-loowit.shtml
- BCRT 2010
- BCRT 2012
- Signature Trail 2010