ElevationAscent: 666' 203 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,727' 1,746 m
Low: 5,061' 1,543 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“Experience 360 degree views of Rainier, Adams, Hood, & especially Helens near seismic equipment after simple switchbacks”— Karl W
This is in the blast zone of Helens so there are almost no trees and thus no shade: bring your sun screen.
At the top you'll find quite a bit of seismic monitoring equipment, antenna, and some solar panels to power it all. Don't touch this important equipment. It might be cool for some runners or an eyesore for others, but you can enjoy excellent views without it in the way as the summit is fairly roomy. You'll be treated to exceptional views of Mount Saint Helens from over the blast zone and Johnson Ridge; most of Mount Rainier to the north; Mount Stain Helens Lake to the east; Spirit Lake; Mount Adams; and Mount Hood in the distance. On exceptionally clear days you'll likely be able to see other volcanoes on the horizon.
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