Portland, OR born. PNW grown. Spontaneous adventurer. Amateur blogger. Wannabe trail runner. Half marathon finisher. Aspiring storyteller. Travel lover. Avid hiker. Sunset chaser. Thai food enthusiast. Twenty-one year...

Snowy, long, great views

A perfect hike for training, would not climb unless you are training. We are climbing St. Helens next weekend and this is a great hike to get used to the elevation gain and the length! While it IS VERY LONG, it's a perfect taste of what St. Helens will be like (time wise). Going down was tough on the knees, definitely, need poles. We hiked in snow for about a mile near the summit

Bria Justus

over 2 years ago

Perfect for view of wildflowers and new hikers

Took three of my friends on this hike last week (two who don't hike very often) and it was a great length and the perfect about of difficulty for new hikers! Didn't hurt that the views were incredibly rewarding and wildflowers we're everywhere. Such a rare view where you can see Mount Adams and Mount Hood at the same time! Recommend for families and people who are just getting into hiking-- it's hard but totally doable

Bria Justus

over 2 years ago

Crowded but a wildflower dreamland

We got to the trailhead just before 7 am and still were met with an almost full parking lot and lots of people! However, we took the steeper route yesterday to avoid crowds and had the trail almost all to ourselves. The view was breathtaking and the wildflowers were unlike anything I've ever seen! So magical at the summit-- absolutely worth the sore legs.