hike: Harry’s Ridge at Mount St. Helens
Hiking through the blast zone at Mount St. Helens to Harry’s Ridge on a foggy day.
8 miles with 1,200 ft gain
This was my first time hiking here, and while we didn’t get to see Mount St. Helens which was hidden in the clouds, the wildflowers were still in their prime.
The fog was heavy when we arrived, obscuring views all around and misting on us at times. As we hiked up into the thick fog on top of Harry’s Ridge, the wind picked up and made it cold enough that I put on a puffy under my rain jacket and even needed gloves… in July! Spirit Lake is just below the ridge, and we could tell it was there, but it wasn’t easy to see. We had lunch at the top next to volcano monitering equipment, and then as we were starting to head back, the fog started to lift. Instead of heading back, we decided to continue down the ridge for better views of Spirit Lake. It’s amazing to see all of the logs on the lake, still floating on the lake 39 years after the eruption! On the way back, we could see the hills and peaks around us, but the mountain never came out of the clouds.