Mt St Helens Climbing Report Updates - June 29th, 2010

posted Jun 29, 2010, 11:04 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 30, 2010, 12:20 AM ]

Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac is open. There are Bathrooms but no drinking water.

May 15 thru October 31

Climbing quota is in effect with 100 climbers per day.

Please check weather and avalanche forecast before you travel into the backcountry.

Climbers can expect early spring conditions on the slopes of Mount St. Helens. Ptarmigan Trail

No. 216A is snow covered. Due to icy conditions on the upper slopes of the volcano, it is recommended that climbers have, and know how to use an ice axe and crampons. Rapidly changing temperatures may result in highly variable snow conditions, and ice.

Climbers should be prepared for extreme weather and rapidly changing conditions. Please update yourself with the latest avalanche and weather forecasts

Please stay off the cornices at the crater rim.

Glissading. Most Climbing accidents occur when glissading climbers and cannot control there speed and stop.

The Monitor Ridge Climbing Route is the shortest and most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens. Follow the Ptarmigan Trail

No. 216A  to Timberline. Blue diamonds on trees will guide climbers through the forested trail. Above timberline, Monitor Ridge climbs steeply through blocky lava flows, loose pumice, and ash. Wooden route marking posts will help guide climbers to approximately 7,200 feet. Snow may cover portions of the route well into the summer.

Round Trip Distance : 9 miles

Elevation Gain : 4,600 ft

Average Round Trip Time : 7-10 hours

The Worm Flows Climbing Route is the most direct route in the winter and early spring. From Marble Mountain Sno*Park , follow Swift Ski Trail #244 to Timberline. Cross to the west side of Swift Creek, above Chocolate Falls (elevation 3,600 ft).  Follow Ridges and open slopes to the crater rim. The Worm Flows Climbing Route joins Monitor Ridge Climbing Route at approximately 7,500 ft.

Round Trip Distance  : 12 miles

Elevation Gain : 5,600 ft

Average Round Trip Time : 10 -12 hours

*Avalanche - To reduce your exposure to avalanche potential, avoid cornices, snow loaded slopes and gully bottoms. For further information please read the Backcountry Avalanche Statement for the Cascades.

For full information check the climbing report directly.