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Mount Saint Helens – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering

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Mount Saint Helens

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Mount Saint Helens

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Mount Saint Helens

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Mount Saint Helens

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  • Elevation: 2549 m
  • Difficulty: Walk up
  • Best months to climb: March, April, May, June
  • Convenient center: Amboy, Washington , (National Monument headquarters)

Mount Saint Helens Climbing Notes

Andy from UNITED STATES writes:

Mt St Helens is a geological wonder that should be on the bucket list of every hiker and climber. The impacts and aftermath of the eruption/explosion of 1980 are simply amazing and the stark beauty of the landscape is spectacular. A trip to the summit involves scrambling over boulder piles (lava flows) and climbing steep pumice slopes. There is a lot of variety on the route and it is quite rigorous, but when the weather is good the trip does not require technical mountaineering skills. The mountain is far more challenging during the winter and during bad weather including summer storms and bone-dry summer days when temperatures may be high and water unavailable. Climbing permits are required and anybody considering climbing the mountain needs to visit the non-profit Mount Saint Helens Institute web page for more information and to obtain a climbing permit.

2015-10-15

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10 other mountain peaks closest to Mount Saint Helens:

1. Mount Mitchell (Washington) (1213 m) 18.8 km
2. Marble Mountain-Trout Creek Hill (150 m) 36.2 km
3. West Crater (1329 m) 37.0 km
4. Mount Indian Heave (1513 m) 40.9 km
5. Trout Creek Hill (890 m) 42.9 km
6. Battle Ground Lake State Park (229 m) 50.2 km
7. Silver Star Mountain (Skamania County, Washington) (1330 m) 50.5 km
8. Griffin Mountain (1610 m) 53.0 km
9. Mount Adams (3741 m) 53.2 km
10. Elkhorn Mountain (Washington) (678 m) 53.4 km

 

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