Independence Pass Trail, Mount St. Helens, Washington

By RON LIZZI - GoOutsideBook.com

 

 

In honor of the anniversary of the eruption of Washington's Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, here are nine photos from my August 2006 hike of the Independence Pass Trail in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. This excellent trail is 12 - 14 miles north of the crater.

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 1 - Mount St. Helens

 

Downed logs near the beginning of the trail

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 2 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mount St. Helens, Spirit Lake, and broken stump

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 3 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake, with many thousands of logs

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 4 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mass of logs in Spirit Lake

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 5 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 6 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mount St. Helens, Spirit Lake, downed logs, and wildflowers

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 7 - Mount St. Helens

 

Log-covered hills and Mount Adams, about 30 miles away

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 8 - Mount St. Helens

 

Mount St. Helens and a log-covered hill

 

 

 

Independence Pass Trail 9 - Mount St. Helens

 

Young bald eagle