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Day Hike - Johnston Ridge & The Hummocks

Families with kids 4 and up can enjoy this lovely 2.5 mile loop hike featuring a fascinating landscape of humps and ponds,with time to identify the different plants, animals and extraordinary geology of the Mt. St. Helens National Monument.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 2.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 250 ft

We will meet the morning of Sunday, July 16th at the L & I parking lot off of I-5 South (exit 101) at 9:15 a.m.

Please be prompt as we will leave no later than 9:30. We will discuss carpool options (if available) at the parking lot, pass out directions to the trail head and leave together.  Note that this is a two hour drive with the option of a trip extension, so plan for a full day.

Each car will need a NW forest pass (covered by the Interagency Pass).


After the hike,  each car will have the option of proceeding to the end of the road to the Johnston Ridge Observatory for the spectacular viewing of the crater and interesting exhibits in the visitor's center. Fees for Johnston Ridge Observatory are $8/per person or free with an annubal recreation pass.  Kids 15 and under are free. For more information please visit:

Passports will be available for new Mountaineers kids---these are fun books for documenting and illustrating your Mountaineers adventures.


Johnston Ridge & The Hummocks

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Parents are required to bring the 10 essentials to cover their families. 

Each child must have their own backpack that includes spare clothes, extra food, water and age-appropriate 10 essentials. Bring a whistle, or obtain one from the leader.

NW Forest Pass will be required for each car. 

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