Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helens

Charles and I hiked 36 miles around Mt. St. Helens with 8,000′ of elevation gain.  Here are some highlights.

Swag at June Lake with a waterfall in the background.

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This was our first sketchy part.  A trail runner described it as “off kilter”.  I’ll agree.

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Good morning Saturday.

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Close up of Indian Paintbrush

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Abraham Trail

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This is in the blast zone.  It’s a restricted area and camping isn’t allowed.

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Here’s one spot where we both took off our packs and I lowered them to Charles.  And a shout out to Nike and their dri-fit pants that I have spent countless seconds on countless occasions sliding down or across stuff on my bottom.  They are the best pants!

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We headed over to Loowit Falls (obscured by clouds) and saw many mountain goats.  Here are two.

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Towards the top of this wash, I had Charles throw a rope down to me.

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Yes, that is the Toutle River down there and we have to cross it.

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You can see the faint trail leading down.

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The final drop into the Toutle was on a rope.

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Good morning Sunday.

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We spent an hour trying to figure out how to get across the Butte wash.  Turned out we would head up on the opposite side by climbing up what is seen there.

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I used a rope to get down this section.

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Heading up.  Once again, Charles threw a rope down for me.

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Our only patch of snow to cross

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It seemed like most of Sunday was going from post to post over lava beds.

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That’s our 36 mile loop around Mt. St. Helens…

3 Responses to “Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helens”

  1. Kathyh Says:

    Wow. Tricky sticky. Glad you came out safe.

  2. Annie Tinnesand Says:

    Oh my gosh! What a treacherous route! I got sweaty palms just looking at the pictures! See you tonight. annie

    On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 7:59 AM, RunandsewQuiltss Weblog wrote:

    > runandsewquilts posted: “Charles and I hiked 36 miles around Mt. St. > Helens with 8,000′ of elevation gain. Here are some highlights. Swag at > June Lake with a waterfall in the background. This was our first sketchy > part. A trail runner described it as “off kilter”. I’ll a” >

  3. dawn at firstlightdesigns Says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about that hiking and camping expedition! Just kidding, of course. It must have been a thrill to see those beautiful sights.

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