Backpack Mt. St. Helens- moved to Badger Creek Wilderness due to snow pack
Snowpack is higher than normal this year, and a scouting trip on 4/29/21 determined the snow is too deep on trails in the lower elevations at Mt St Helens. This trip will visit the Badger Creek Wilderness Area instead. See related description of Badger Creek Backpack for more details.
Old description for Mt St Helens: This still-active volcano, less than 2 hours north of Portland, is spectacular in mid May. Snow still lingers at the mid and upper elevations, but the lower elevations are bursting with purple lupine flowers, wild rhododendron blooms, and a cacophony of emerald green. Waterfalls and bubbling springs are waiting to be discovered on this backpack trip, on trails traversing the mountain, toying with the snowline, and visiting some of the areas still recovering from the massive 1980 eruption. Each day we’ll hike through this remarkable landscape carrying everything we need on our backs, and sleep in tents at night. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.
Review our plans, participant expectations, and procedures for COVID-19 mitigation:
Dates: Saturday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Cost: $295. Need-based financial aid is applied on a sliding scale for those who qualify.
Check out pictures from other times we’ve gone here!