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"
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. 🙁
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!
I enjoyed your hike & bike, and I was fascinated by the amount of debris in the lake and the color of the snow.
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.
What an experience!
Definitely worth a visit. I’m told the documentary film at the visitor center is also spectacular.