I love to travel and I love to hike.
So last summers biggest adventure was hiking Mt. Saint Helens.
What an amazing trip it was. It was 12 hours of absolute joy and pain all wrapped into one. We hiked this mountain in August and we got lucky and it was relatively clear views all the way up.
I’ve heard many people climb this mountain and never see much past a few feet ahead of them because of the constant layer of clouds and fog. The pacific Northwest is known for its rain and clouds.
Video Research Via Hulu
If you want to know more about Mount Saint Helen’s then I highly recommend you check out the amazing documentary of this mountains history on Hulu.com. Oh and for my international (non USA) readers if you can’t get Hulu access, then you’ll just need to follow this guide. This method is highly recommended by a Canadian friend of mine. I watch Hulu all the time and don’t have cable (but that’s a story for another day…)
This Hulu show is only 4 minutes long but it’s beautiful to watch and gives you a good sense of this mountains history.
Back To The Climb
The morning started out with great cool temps and views. The first hour or so starts out in dense Northwest forest. All of a sudden you come out of the forest and start the climb on the old Lava rubble. Since it is still very early in the hike you are excited and filled with lots of energy. It seems like we just bounded up the mountain at a record pace.
About 2 more hours in we start to fill the heat and slow down a bit. The good news is that there was a most excellent breeze. This breeze kept us cool as be climbed through a series of rock summits. This mini summits seemed to never end. They just kept coming and coming.
About 5 hours into the hike we finally reached the Ash Field.
What a brutal hiking. This last part of the mountain is very steep and the terrain is ash (or similar to sand). Each time you take a step you gain 3 feet and then lose a foot. It takes a ton of energy to make it to the top.
Once you reach the top, you’ll see one of the most incredible views in the entire world. The power of that explosion was just incredible. There is still tree debris in the lake on the bottom of the blast zone.
The Power Of Mother Nature Is Absolutely Mind Boggling
So we spend about an hour soaking up the views and eating our lunch.
Then we headed back down the mountain which you would think would be easy and enjoyable compared to the climb up. However, by this time our knees were screaming in pain and every step down hurt A LOT.
By the time we got back to our cars and head out we were exhausted and still had an hour drive back to our hotel.
Well, that was an amazing adventure and if you ever get a chance to hike it then DO IT.