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PostTue Oct 08, 2019 10:07 pm 
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Looking for something different on the first weekend of October (our traditional golden larch weekend), Eileen, Doug, Steve, Deb, and I did a backpacking circuit around Mt. St. Helens on the Loowit Trail.  We had rain and sun and a fabulous experience completing this outstanding gem of a trail circuit.  Here is our trip itinerary and a few photos.

Day 0: Hike into June Lake.

Day 1: Hike from June Lake to South Fork Toutle River Gorge.

LoowitTrailNearButteCampDome
LoowitTrailNearButteCampDome
DougRopingIntoColdspringCanyon
DougRopingIntoColdspringCanyon
EileenSurveyingSouthForkToutleRiverGorge
EileenSurveyingSouthForkToutleRiverGorge

Day 2: Hike from South Fork Toutle River Gorge to Pumice Butte Spring.

LookingAcrossToutleRiverGorge
LookingAcrossToutleRiverGorge
SpiritLake&PumicePlain
SpiritLake&PumicePlain
CrossingOverWindyPassOnDay2
CrossingOverWindyPassOnDay2

Day 3: Hike out to June Lake Trailhead.

MtStHelensFromNorthPumiceButte
MtStHelensFromNorthPumiceButte
LookingDownMuddyRiverGorge
LookingDownMuddyRiverGorge
MtAdamsFromRestStopOnSoutheastPartOfLoowitTrail
MtAdamsFromRestStopOnSoutheastPartOfLoowitTrail

Here is a link to my full trip report and complete photo gallery:
http://trailcatjim.com/loowit-trail-circuit-june-lake-to-toutle-river-to-windy-pass-mount-st-helens-national-volcanic-monument/
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PostWed Oct 09, 2019 9:24 pm 
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A new classic.
I am pretty sure that route is more difficult now than when the Loowit first opened. Erosion has made those radiating stream channels steeper and deeper. There was no need for handlines in the early years.

More challenge makes it more satisfying!

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostTue Jun 23, 2020 3:53 pm 
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Hi Jim, Great trip report.  We're considering a similar route and wondering if you recall any potential tent locations at the start between June Lake and Monitor Ridge - or was is solid talus in this section?

Thanks!
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PostSun Jun 28, 2020 10:17 pm 
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Hi RFTC - I don't recall anything really appealing in that section of trail.  It was all either sloping or rocky, but you might find something a bit off of the trail.  Best wishes on your trip!
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