August 7: Mount St. Helens



Good morning, Mount Rainier (as seen from the town Packwood, WA)




Our first glimpse of the jaw-dropping north side of Mount St. Helens




Beginning the Mount Margaret trail hike on the north side of Mount St. Helens. The downed trees are from the eruption of MSH over 30 years ago
















The stunning view of the north side of Mount St. Helens from Norway Pass




























Mount Rainier, as seen from the Mount Margaret trail




Mount Adams, as seen from the Mount Margaret trail







This is as far as we got on the Mount Margaret trail. We named this spot Mount Comely. It was a great place to hang out and enjoy the view of Mount St. Helens, as well as bonus views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
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Mount Adams, as seen from Mount Comely







Mount Hood, as seen from Mount Comely




Panorama shot of three volcanoes (Mounts St. Helens, Hood, and Adams)




Look close at the venting in the crater of Mount St. Helens (an intense reminder that this is still an active volcano!)













Gorgeous wildflowers on the Norway Pass/Mount Margaret trail.










Mount St. Helens, as seen from Windy Ridge




The view of Spirit Lake (and the log mat from the eruption) from Windy Ridge




Windy Ridge







It wasn't until I removed my boots that I realized just how dusty the day's hike was.



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