trip reports

July 6, 2019

day 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.

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

trail sign near the visitor’s center

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

wildflowers were still in their prime

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

trail heading towards Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

wildflowers lining the trail

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

pretty scenes all around

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

volcanic beauty

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

the small hills all around are deposits from the 1980 eruption

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

field of lupines and paintbrush

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

foggy view of Spirit Lake from Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

going up Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

Spirit Lake

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

volcano monitoring equipment on Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

wearing lots of layers to stay warm in July

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

trail towards Coldwater Peak

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

heading back down Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

pumice plain filled with lupines

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

looking back at Harry’s Ridge

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

heading back to the Visitor’s Center

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

Mount St. Helens in the clouds

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

scenic ridge walk

Mount St. Helens: Harry's Ridge hike

the dome is visible, but that’s about it

 

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