Little St. Helens

Hike a combination of trails to the treeless summit on West Hansen Ridge before continuing to Little St. Helens, enjoying expansive views along the way. Depending on the chosen path, you can hike 8-10 miles with 1,900-2,200 feet of elevation gain.

on the trail

Beginning at the Carter Lake Trailhead (Trail #1020) 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 Little St. Helens. Enjoy expansive views during the hike, weather permitting, 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 Mount Rainier, as you near the summit and continue on to the peak of Little St. Helens.

notes

  • Depending on the chosen path, you can hike 8-10 miles with 1,900-2,200 feet of elevation gain.

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • 4,582 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
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