Mount St Helens

This was a hike-then-bike expedition to the mountain that erupted violently back in 1980.

After hiking from Johnston Ridge to Harry’s Ridge and back, I switched from hiking mode to biking mode and set off downhill aboard the Ogre. My ace support crew remained at the visitor center to watch the film, examine the exhibits, and talk to the rangers. Eventually she drove down the road and caught up with the Ogre and me.

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6 response to "Mount St Helens"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 23, 2022

    9-ish miles is a looooooooooooong hike!!
    Some great photos, and the video of the eruption shows just how unbelievable it all was.
    Surprised by the amount of wood still floating in Spirit Lake — and poor old Harry, we feared for him at the time, and the worst came to be. 🙁

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 24, 2022

      My ace support crew eats nine miles for breakfast. I do my best to tag along. This was our third trip to the mountain, and it never fails to induce a sense of awe at the immense power of the explosive eruption. Definitely worth visiting. If you take a bike, remember: It’s a lot easier to ride DOWN from Johnston Ridge!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: August 24, 2022

    I enjoyed your hike & bike, and I was fascinated by the amount of debris in the lake and the color of the snow.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 24, 2022

      We also remarked about so much timber still floating on Spirit Lake after all these years. As to the snow, at first I didn’t realize that’s what it was. Covered with a layer of dust and soot and ash, because the mountain is still venting. Reminds me of the old Jefferson Airplane song: City streets in the dead of winter stop my mind with dirty snow.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 26, 2022

      Definitely worth a visit. I’m told the documentary film at the visitor center is also spectacular.

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