Mt. St. Helens, WA


Peak No. 3 of 8

  • Day 2
  • Start 11:30am July 16
  • Elevation gain ~5,000'
  • Summit 8,365', 3:15pm
  • Team: Brian, John, and Julie (John's wife)

When Brian and I got up this morning, we felt great. We knew that climbing Hood and Adams back to back was the most vertical we would have to climb in a day. With that behind us, we were able to relax a bit.

After a lazy start to the day, we got under way at about 8am. On the map it looks like the Climber's Bivy, the parking lot and trailhead for the mountain, is quite close to where we were camping in Trout Lake.

However, thanks to the circuitous route, and even though we drove in Julie's car, the drive took about three hours.

It was another sunny day, and the trail passed swiftly under our feet. Julie was amazed by the scenery, and Brian kept her entertained with stories and general witty repartee. We worked at a brisk pace, and Julie kept up well. As we slogged through the soft ash near the top, Julie went ahead to take pictures.
We arrived at the summit at about 3pm, and Julie surprised us with a gourmet lunch; fresh bread, salsa, humus, olives, and so much more. It was quite a change from yesterday's energy bars. Julie, who had not been there before, was astounded by the view.
On the way down, we did a little glissading, and lots more talking. Julie and Brian identified plants, and we generally had a great time. We got back to the car at about 4:30pm. Three down. As we made the long drive back to Hood River to pick up the motor home, we reveled in a day well spent.

Arriving after our long drive, it was time to repack the gear into the motor home, and head for Sisters, Oregon to get ready to climb Mt. Washington tomorrow.


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