Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015

Trip Details

Elevation: 8,366 Feet

Elevation Gain: 4,500 Feet

Distance: 10 Miles

Gear: Ice axe

For the third year in a row, I spent Mother’s Day volunteering on Mount St. Helens. This year was a bit different since Climber’s Bivouac opened early and we were able to go up the Monitor Ridge summer route. Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain.

The Worm Flows winter route was also available and roughly 200 climbers were on each trail which helped split up the crowd. Lots of people had dresses and costumes on and we even saw a unicorn riding an inflatable shark down a glissade chute.

Monitor Ridge Conditions

The summer route is now open and free of snow until roughly 5,500 feet. It is possible to get up to the USGS station at 6,800 feet without stepping on much snow. There is some snow in the gully next to the ridge if you prefer to get in the snow earlier and avoid the scree and boulders. From the station, it is possible to take the snow most of the way up to the crater rim but there are a few spots of exposed rock and scree along the way.

Beware of the cornice at the crater rim. It’s best to keep some distance away from the edge so that you are standing on solid ground.

Photos

Mt. Adams
Mt. Adams
Looking up towards Monitor Peak
Looking up towards Monitor Peak

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Climbers on the Worm Flows route
Climbers on the Worm Flows route
Heading up towards the crater rim
Heading up towards the crater rim
Crowd at the crater
Crowd at the crater
Large crowd at the crater
Large crowd at the crater
Unicorn glissading on a shark
Unicorn glissading on a shark

2 Replies to “Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015”

  1. Just found your blog site – very nice!
    I have been up there a number of times but only in the summer. Sooner or later I will do the winter climb.

    What do you mean
    “Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain”
    Is there special permits for Mothers Day?

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