80 day-hiking routes, summit routes, camping options, and more
General details on visitors’ centers and nature trails along each of the four major Monument access roads
Popular winter trails also included
Whether you just want to stretch your legs on a short interpretive trail near the visitors’ center or you’re looking for an uncrowded backcountry route on the side of an active volcano, Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens will help you select the adventure you’re looking for.
This addition to the popular "Day Hiking" series includes a new feature: hikes of less than 3 miles—nature and interpretive trails—that are featured in short write-ups, without a point by point description or map. They are a bonus to the meat of this collection of the best trails on Mount St. Helens and in the surrounding forests. The guide also includes photos, maps, descriptions, and driving directions to all the longer trails, indicating those with camping sites and opportunities to link hikes for multi-day adventures. The book is organized according to the mountain’s aspects—east side, west side, south side, or north side, which is how many people explore it.
**Mountaineers Books designates 1 percent of the sales of select guidebooks in our Day Hiking series toward volunteer trail maintenance.
For this book, our 1 percent of sales is going to Washington Trails Association (WTA). WTA hosts more than 750 work parties throughout Washington’s Cascades and Olympics each year, with volunteers clearing downed logs after spring snowmelt, cutting away brush, retreading worn stretches of trail, and building bridges and turnpikes. Their efforts are essential to the land managers who maintain thousands of acres on shoestring budgets.
by Aaron Theisen and Craig Romano