The feds shut down the national parks and monuments last week, but that didn’t stop me and a small band of internet hikers from getting out to enjoy the beautiful day on Mt. St. Helens on the fourth day of the 2013 government shutdown.
it was a beautiful day for civil disobedience
We did a fun 12-mile loop on the southwest side, starting at the Redrock Pass trailhead, ascending north up the Butte Camp Dome trail, and tromping through snow on the Loowit to the Loowit re-route. From there, we did a short bushwhack south along the drainage to meet up with Trail 237 (Toutle Trail) and then floundered to find Trail 231 (Kalama Ski Trail) back to the trailhead. (The 231/237/238 trail intersection is confusing. The actual trails weren’t expressed correctly on any of our four maps.) A [really] early winter storm dropped snow was low as 4500′; it was between 4″ – 6″ around 5,000′.
red is the plotted route; white is the actual route
Cougar, Pine Creek, and the summit of MSH have been shot out
a little splash of color
Mt. St. Helen's fat side
Mt. Hood made an appearance
almost to the Loowit
Well, hello, gorgeous.
the last ridge of the Butte Camp trail
a picture of someone taking a picture
Kam's all-weather setup (Chacos, wool socks, Yaktrax)
lunch on the Loowit
it's like summer hiking, but with snow!
hiking along the Loowit
setting up the group photo (required)
out of the snow zone - to the bushwhack!
it's getting a little thick
and we're out!
take a left at the cactus snag
heading down the wrong trail...
frustrated that none of the maps show the correct trails
a little debris movement with last month's epic rains
zoom zoom zoom
dog vomit mushroom
heading back to the trailhead
so long, Ms. Helens. glad you were still open.