Hummocks Trail (dayhike)

SA Report: Volcanos Present

Trip Date: 9/11/2013

Location: Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Permit/Pass: No fee to use the trail.

Trails:  USDA map

Directions: From Interstate 5 in Castle Rock, OR take WA-504 East (Spirit Lake Highway) past Silver Lake and through the little town of Toutle. Follow the hairpin turn toward Coldwater Lake and after 45 total miles watch for the right turn into the parking lot for the Hummocks trail.

Trail sequence: Hummocks trail

Type: Loop

Distance: 2.6 miles

Elevation: Min. - 2341', Max. - 2610'

Profile:

Rating: Easy

Synopsis: A fun and informative hike through topography that resulted from the eruption and massive landslide of the mountain. A fairly equal mix of shade and open sun hiking with great views of the volcano.

 

Hummocks Trail Mt St Helens

Turn by Turn:

  -- The trail either begins or ends near the southwest end of the parking lot. We headed out this way and followed the loop clockwise.

  -- There are a couple of very short spurs, one of which, at about 1.7 miles into the hike, ambles over to an overlook of the Toutle river and nice views of the mountain.

  -- From there the trail begins to ascend, passes some interesting tiered marshes. Then ascends again.

  -- The trail ends at the northwest end of the lot.

 

Photo Gallery: Mt. St. Helens Hummocks