13.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Glorious day with Loowit watching over us. We were going to summit MSH, but the extreme avy danger put us off. Instead we decided to just look at her all day from the north.
Our original hike plan was to start at JRO and take the Boundary Trail, but the gate was locked at Coldwater Lake. Instead, we walked up the road and took the Coldwater Ridge Trail approach. This was actually fortuitous because most of our route had exposed southern aspect and was snow free. The Boundary Trail approach looked pretty treacherous above St Helens Lake. We were only able to reach the base of the summit block because the snow was just too soft to traverse to the backside.