Last week, I wrote about how to prepare for hiking Mount St. Helens. This week, my tale of the hike itself–the coolest and hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished.
Picture it: You’ve just been denied a permit to a bucket list hike. Through your tears you see the words ‘YOU Can Climb Mount St. Helens.’ Feelings rush in–skepticism, fear, doubt–and then hope and excitement.
It seems like forever ago that I was conditioning for Mt. St. Helens with challenging hikes in the greater Seattle area. After Mount Townsend, the next one on my list was West Tiger 3 near Issaquah.
Once I returned from my awesome Cali roadtrip in June, I knew I had to buckle down and hit the trails to prepare for an August summit of Mount St. Helens. Next up was one of the areas most-loved conditioning hikes–Mount Townsend.