Little St. Helens


Day Hike - Little St. Helens

We will hike a combination of different trails to the treeless summit of West Hansen Ridge before continuing on to Little St. Helens, weather permitting we will enjoy expansive views during the hike

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

Preston P&R at 9:00 am. Directions will be sent those who sign up several days in advance

Beginning at the Harris Lake Trailhead (Trail #1020), we will hike a combination of recently converted road-to-trail multi-use trails, decommissioned roads, gated roads and grassy boot paths to the treeless summit of West Hansen Ridge before continuing on to our lunch spot on Little St. Helens.

Weather permitting we will enjoy expansive views during the hike of the peaks to the east & west along the I-90 corridor and north to those at the head of the Snoqualmie Middle Fork Valley.  Expansive views appear to the south, including Mt. Rainier, as we near the summit and continue on to our lunch spot.

Our return route will be based on the snow pack ( if any), the trail conditions and the whims of the leaders. The hike will cover 8-10 miles with 1900-2200’ gain.

We will take the hike at a moderate pace. A good level of fitness and stamina is required.

Access to the trailhead is via a bumpy forest road with potholes. Higher clearance vehicles with 4 or all wheel drive will manage this best. We will hopefully have at least 2 such vehicles to carpool in on our trip. Carpooling to our meeting place and from there to our trailhead east of Snoqualmie Pass is encouraged. it's a 90 miles roundtrip drive from Preston to the trailhead. For any members or guests travelling from the east of the Cascades we can fix a meeting place closer to the trailhead. All vehicles taken to the Harris Lake trailhead, about 5 miles from I-90 exit 47  will need a NW Forest Service or equivalent pass. 

 The map for this hike is the 2014 version of Green Trails Bandera #206.

This hike will be co-led by Ralph Owen and Chris Ensor. Ralph scouted the route with his wife Peggy and will show the way. Questions should be directed to Chris: 206-794-5198



Little St. Helens

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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