Mount St. Helens/Monitor Ridge


Winter Scramble - Mount St. Helens/Monitor Ridge

JUST ADDED -- Veterans Day holiday scramble: One more trip up the summer route of Mt. St. Helens while the weather holds and permits are no longer required

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,600 ft
  • Pace: Moderate -- About 1,000 ft/hr

6:30am at the trailhead

Two options depending on group:

1) Leave Sunday evening and camp at bivouac

2) Leave Martin Way Park and Ride at 4:00am

Meeting times will be confirmed with participants

With the delay in the seasonal fall rains, we will get one more weekend of good weather.  Since permits are no longer required after November 1, this is a perfect opportunity to hop on the summer route of Mt. St. Helens.

This will be my 4th time up, but 1st on the summer route so this is considered an exploratory trip.  The days are shorter, so we want to get a good early start so we can be back to the cars by sunset.

Please be prepared to ascend at an approximate 1,000/ft per hour.  I go at a moderate pace and we'll take breaks for food, water, and photos as we need them.

If the weather deteriorates before 11/11, we will scramble something closer to home.


Mount St. Helens/Monitor Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Microspikes
  • Ice Axe?
  • Mountaineering Boots or good hiking boots
  • Extra headlight with batteries!

Check with leader for any additional group gear or required equipment specific to trip location


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