Album: Seattle Trip - Mount St. Helens Monitor Ridge


Category
Outdoor Adventures
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Album Date
9/17/2003
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Monitor Ridge trail head. 
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The trail starts out in a lush and beautiful forest. 
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Trail emerges from the forest and the first sign of "recent" volcanic activity (the base of the volcano) comes into view. 
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A very large rock that was ejected or rolled down the side of the volcano. 
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Trail junction. One way goes up to Monitor Ridge the other continues on the Loowit trail. 
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Looks like we're gonna have some snow to deal with. 
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Typical terrain on the lower half of the Monitor Ridge route. The route is marked by 4x4 posts. 
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Lots of snow. Good thing I got those waterproof boots yesterday. 
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Clouds finally clear enough to get a better view of the side of the volcano. 
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Finally we can see the top of the crater rim. 
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Now that looks a bit ominus doesn't it? 
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Just a little farther. 
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First view of the crater rim (looking East). 
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Looking down into the mouth of the beast. Mount St. Helens crater. 
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Is this Mount St. Helens or Mount Everest? The snow really made Mount St. Helens look and feel like a mountaineering adventure. 
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Mount St. Helens lava dome. 
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One step forward and you're on a non-stop ride into the crater. Definitely not a place for a careless slip. 
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And to think I was originally planning on wearing shorts. 
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Mount Adams to the East. 
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Clouds begin to clear enough to see Spirit Lake. 
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Highest point along the crater rim. 
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Spirit Lake below and Mount Shasta in the distance. 
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Finally, a fairly clear view of Spirit Lake. Notice the brown layer at the East (right) end of the lake. Those are the logs left from all the trees that were blown down and ended up floating in the lake where they still reside 23 years later. 
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Closer view of the floating mass of logs on Spirit Lake. 
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Very tame chipmunk that took up residence halfway up the volcano. He probably survives on handouts from the many passing hikers. I was even able to pet him for a second or two. 
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Because of the restricted visibility we never actually got to see the volcano from a distance until we got back to the parking lot. The view was impressive, even more so because we knew we had been all the way to the top. 
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This is about the point where my brother mentioned that if he had seen this sight before we started he never would have gone. 
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This is probably about the best shot I got of Mount St. Helens toward the end of the day. 
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Mount Hood in the distance.