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Mt. St. Helens - 8365'
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
12 5700' route
Map: GT -
Season: spring

I was invited to do this trip with friends, taking advantage of the last weekend before the number of climbers allowed on the mountain is restricted to 100 per day.  Permits are always required to climb above 4800' and cost $22/person (free in the winter, Nov. to March).  You should check the forest service website for more information on registering, costs and picking up your permit.
We chose to do the standard winter route from the Marble Mtn SnoPark via Worm Flows.  As mentioned, this was the last unrestricted weekend for climbers and according to the folks issuing permits, there were 250 climbers on the route this day alone.  It did look like a line of ants on a pile of sugar at times.  There wasn't a problem following the route or having to kick steps.
My first trip a big mountain and a very impressive one at that.  Views between cloud layers as we ascended were awewsome and into the crater from the crumbling rim incredible.
We got a little glissade greedy on the way down and got off route, following Monitor Ridge to far down.  We needed to do a 1/2 mile traverse to get back to the trail.  Great trip and a lot of fun.

  May 12 & 13, 2007      
Marble Mountain Sno-park  
Worm Flows  
 A suspicious character in the rocks
Dan the organizer & group  
Dan & more group  
 Mt. Adams
Sunning on rocks like seals  
Clouds above & below  
Onward to the skyline
Ant trail to the rim  
Still climbing  
Nearly there now  
On edge and on the rim
250+ permits issued  
Rim cornice  
Looking NW  
Lava Dome
Looking NE  
Here come the clouds  
Time to regroup  
Looking east
A last look into the crater
From Interstate 5 at Woodland, take the exit for State Highway 503. Drive past Lake Merwin and Yale Lake. Then just after the Swift Reservoir viewpoint, turn left on forest road 83. Follow the signs to Climber's Bivouac, which involves a right turn onto forest road 830.
For the Worm Flows route we started at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park.  From Cougar, follow Forest Route 90 northeast to Forest Route 83 (just past the Swift Viewpoint).  About 12 miles from Cougar to the sno-park.
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