Activity Information


Loowit Trail Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

06/27/13 (Thu) - 06/30/13 (Sun)

Foothills Backpacking

Brian Lewis


Many people climb Mount Saint Helens, but how many circumnavigate it ? This is a scenic and challenging clockwise backpack around Mt. St. Helens volcano at elevations ranging from 3,200 to 4,800 feet with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and the Goat Rocks. It also allows views into the crater on the north side. We will hike through old growth forests, cross remnants of lava flows, lahars (mudflows), and pyroclastic flows, as well as ford stream gullys and the South Fork of the Toutle River. We will see wildflower meadows, the effects of the 1980 eruption, and the recovery of native plants and wildlife. Camp at South Fork Toutle River camp and on the Plains of Abraham. Route conditions include rough and steep terrain, exposed slopes, loose rock and soil (scree), stream crossings, and potential volcanic hazards. Northwest Forest Pass required.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit.

Co-leader: Steve LeBrun

Thursday June 27th – Sunday June 30th Mt. St. Helens Loowit Trail; 32 miles roundtrip, 3-days on-trail; 6,300 feet elevation gain; pace 2.0 mph

We’ll walk the stark terrain all around the volcano, with perhaps some navigational challenges and little or no shade on open mountain slopes --- this is a stark sort ... More

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Registration closed on Sun, Jun 23 at 5:00 PM

Trip Data
32 miles - three days on trail

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