May 12, 2014

Mount St. Helens Mother’s Day Climb


For the first time in a few years, the weather on mother’s day was perfect for climbing Mount St. Helens. As a result of the weather forecast, a record breaking number of people purchased climbing permits (over a 1,000). It was a lot of fun volunteering since I got to answer questions about the mountain and raise awareness about the Mount St. Helens Institute. I also gave away the Happy Mother’s Day! sign I created so that other people could take photos.

The sun was brutal on the way up but the clouds rolled in once we reached the crater rim. The clouds provided some sun protection on the way down and the glissading conditions were good. Overall, it was a great day on the mountain and a good conditioning hike for future climbs this summer.

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6 thoughts on “Mount St. Helens Mother’s Day Climb

  1. Stacie

    Hey there! I’m headed St. Helens on 5/24 to do this hike – any suggestions for gear to bring along? Crampons are a must, but are showshoes, too? Thanks much – love your pictures!

    1. Justin Wright Post author

      We carried crampons but not snowshoes. We didn’t end up using the crampons since we started around 7am and the snow was already starting to get soft. I’d recommend bringing crampons just to be safe, especially if you plan on starting early. Other than that, just bring a lot of sunscreen. The snow is melting out quick and the hike to Chocolate Falls is mainly dry.

  2. swoot

    Hi Justin – your logs are great. It’s hard to find good first hand information on the weather stats up on Helen’s. Myself and 3 friends are headed up on June 20th for a first time summit of Mount St Helen’s. Has the snow typically melted by then ? All my research points that way but it is hard to tell. We don’t want to load up with too much unnecessary gear. Wondering if we need some lightweight crampons / stabilizers. better safe than sorry. We’ll be watching the weather close right up until we go so we should know more, just wondering if you might have a heads up! thanks. -swoot

    1. Justin Wright Post author

      There will most likely be some snow left at higher elevations but it’s hard to tell right now. I’ll be going back up on June 8th and can post an update and let you know what the conditions were like. Have fun on the climb!

    2. Justin Wright Post author

      Went back up this past Sunday via the summer route. The start of the hike is relatively snow free until tree line. From there the snow is still there but it is possible to hike along the rocks for a good portion of the climb. Didn’t need crampons or stabilizers since the snow was fairly soft and there’s a lot of steps. It might not hurt to bring some traction devices if you have them but it should be doable without them. Heading back up there tomorrow…

  3. SwooT

    Thanks very helpful! All these nice days behind us and ahead, very excited to get up there! We’ll ponder on the traction devices. Thanks again, best to you! -SwooT


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