Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mount St. Helens - Norway Pass and Mount Margaret Backcountry Area

Mount St. Helens from Norway Pass.
Mount St. Helens offers excellent hiking with worthy destinations all around the mountain.  One of my favorite areas is the Mount Margaret Backcountry area near Windy Ridge.  The area provides classic views across Spirit Lake to St. Helens.

Bear Camp offers excellent camping, and is situated close enough to Mount Margaret to serve as a base camp for a hike to this magnificent summit.  Watch for elk herds in the area!

One of the highlights early in the hike is Norway Pass.  A great wildflower area, this pass affords excellent views down to Spirit Lake and Mount St. Helens.

The image above is not my favorite image from the area - not even in the top 5.  But it has been popular for publications.  It has appeared in a couple different wall calendars (one multiple times), and is currently the image for the month of May in Smith-Western's Mountains of Washington wall calendar.  It will also be appearing in the June issue of a national magazine publication.

I hope to have more Mount St. Helens news to share very soon - stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can view more images from this monument at in my Central/South Cascades gallery.

As always, thanks for visiting!

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