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Mount Saint Helens (St Helens)  Washington   #4377
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades

Height: 2550 m -> 8366 feet
Prominence?: 1410 m above Metta Lake Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Adams (54.1 km away, at bearing 88 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Adams (54.0 km away)

Location:   46.19117,-122.19434     46:11:28, -122:11:40   10T 562169 5115603 (41 km S of Morton).   AreaCode: EM62/BB99
First Ascent: 1853 Thomas Dryer, Etc.
Mount Saint Helens - North Slopes
This peak is #98 on the Height List for Washington . This peak is #11 in Prominence List for Washington .At 8:32 am, on May 18th, 1980, an earthquake caused an enormous landslide on Mount Saint Helens, one of the many volcanoes that line the Cascade Range. The top 400 m of the mountain crashed down onto the wilderness to the north. Pressurized gas and steam that had built up inside the volcano was released in a massive blast that toppled 600 square kilometers of trees and could be heard as far as Vancouver BC. Winds carried the volcanic ash eastward and blacked out the sky in central Washington. Several small glaciers melted and created hot mud flows that buried part of Spirit Lake and the North Fork of the Toutle River.

Mount Saint Helens had been dormant for over a century, although in the weeks before the eruption, scientist definitely knew that something might happen. Most people were evacuated, but one geologist remained, on what is now Johnston Ridge named in his memory, at the time of the blast. In total, 57 people lost their lives while others narrowly escaped death.

Today, the area surrounding the mountain is a park. Permits are required to climb the peak and the number that can climb in any given weekend is restricted. Reaching the summit is a moderate, non-technical climb up 1400 meters over 9.3 kms to the top of North America's most infamous volcano. The summit offers great views of the 600-meter-deep crater and the lava dome. Before the eruption, the summit elevation was 2950 m.

Trip Reports within 1 km
28 2013.05.02 Skiing Mount St Helens via the Wormflow Route Klaus Haring
40 2002.05.18 Red Tape on Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens Peter Gumplinger
33 2000.10.14 Mount Saint Helens as a 2 day trip Laine Bosma
13 2000.07.01 Saint Helens via Monitor Ridge Richard Howard
9 null Monitor Ridge (standard route) Route Laine Bosma

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20 Mount Saint Helens - North Slopes Fred Touche
12 Mount Saint Helens - Summit Crater John Scurlock
10 Mount Saint Helens from Mount Margaret Klaus Haring
8 Historic View of Southside of Mt Saint Helens Klaus Haring
8 Mount Saint Helens Now Klaus Haring
7 Saint Helens Crater in 2008 Kevin Altheim
6 Mount Saint Helens' Summit Mike Peel
4 Mount Saint Helens Serguei Okountsev