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Mount St. Helens - Worm Flows Route

South Cascades

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Hiked May 7, 2017

Type of Hike


Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended
Two days of sun followed by by a cold night meant there was a solid 2" layer of ice on top of softer snow. We camped Sat night at treeline then climbed starting @ 5AM with crampons the whole way up. Started descending @ ~10:30-11 AM and walked down with crampons from the first ridge due to icy conditions. After that, the slopes were glissadable and the snow rapidly got slushy further down. Other than a single patch of dirt ~50 ft from the parking lot, there was snow the entire way up. That won't last long with warm temps.


Woods Warrior on Mount St. Helens Summit - Worm Flows Route

Just need to know how you got that suit up there!? lol

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Woods Warrior on May 11, 2017 07:15 PM

ejvincent on Mount St. Helens Summit - Worm Flows Route

It's actually an inflatable costume with a fan to blow it up, so it packs pretty well.

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ejvincent on May 15, 2017 09:58 AM

benfahy2009 on Mount St. Helens Summit - Worm Flows Route

Sounds like you had a great trip! Out of curiosity, what gear Would you recommend bringing? Are crampons and ice axes necessary? How about gaitors and snow shoes? Thanks!

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benfahy2009 on May 17, 2017 08:53 PM