Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hummocks Trail at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

We went to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on Saturday.  It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since Mount St. Helens blew back on May 18, 1980!  The terrain really, really changed after the blow, but plants are growing well, and animals are enjoying the area.  It's beautiful, even though when we went it was cloudy!

We hiked Hummocks Trail. It's a 2 1/2 miles long loop. On the Washington Trails Associations website it's listed as a day hike that is "good for kids," and I would agree.  It was a little tiring for my almost six year old, but he made it just fine.  It's good to bring snacks and water with you, but of course don't leave any litter!  Also, there are signs asking hikers to stay on the trail and to not keep pumice.

If you are looking for a nice trail to walk with your family, this is a great one to consider.  You can see other trails listed here:  Mount St. Helens Hikes.

To learn more about Mount St. Helens and how it's changed, you may enjoy watching Nova's video Mount St. Helens: Back from the Dead (you can watch it online).


Mount St. Helens
(picture taken by my older daughter)

dwarf lupine

this tree was felled by a beaver
(picture taken by my older daughter)

we think this is a beaver lodge

beaver dam
(picture taken by my older son)



Indian paintbrush (I'm not sure yet which type)

wooly bear caterpillar


Toutle River
(picture taken by my younger daughter)


Mount St. Helens covered by fog




(picture taken by my older son)





(picture taken by my older son)

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4 comments:

  1. The pigeon is very COOL,,all the photos are really just beautiful Sweetie,,Beauty from the Ashes again isn't it like that near you???
    And the older post below had some glorious pics of the pier type thing ,,these were GREAT too!!! Thanks for your note BTW :0)
    May God's love be with you and yours as you look to Him~~~Blessings and Hugs Dena

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    If you ever have an extra minute ;0)
    Continued Hugs Dena

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  3. Very Neat Post! We hiked on the Hummocks Trail too! It's a neat trail! Really like your pics! (:

    Kim Jones

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