Posted By Toutle Trekker

The Spirit Lake Highway all the way up to Johnston Ridge is open now, a month earlier than usual.  I was up hiking at the Hummocks Trail yesterday, and was surprised to see the gate to Johnston Ridge open.  Looks like someone smashed into it.  The road is plowed all the way to the Johnston Ridge parking lot.  Even with the recent hot weather, there's still about 3-feet of snow in the parking lot and on the trails.  The views of Mount St. Helens yesterday from the Loowit Viewpoint were spectacular, with the lava dome steaming, and the Toutle River reflected in the evening light.  People were out hiking the South Coldwater Trail, which looks like it is melted out some but expect TONS of snow past the logging equiptment.  The Lakes Trail along Coldwater Lake is almost snow free to the end of the lake, but "doing the loop" between the Lakes Trail and South Coldwater would mean major hastles with snow and steep drifts.  The Hummocks Trail is clear, and we hiked up the Boundary Trail until the creek crossing on the flat (about 1000 feet climb) where the snow took over.  Time to get an early start on the hiking season.


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