This was my second attempt to hike up to the Mount St. Helen’s peak which is at 2526 m (8287 ft). Almost exactly 1 year after the first ascent, this time our group was only 3 people which was a big reduction compared to last year’s 8 people. Similar to our group, the parking lot at Marble Snow Park also had much less cars/campers compared to last year. For the record, the starting altitude was 886 m, so roughly 1500 m was ahead of us.
Being a smaller group, we were faster to pack and start the hike in the morning. It was 6.40 am when we were in the trail. After two hours clouds started to come over the St. Helens but later on they were completely gone. It took almost 6 hours to reach the top, the view was gorgeous. The smoke from the volcano was on. The view of Mount Rainier and Mount Adams was great. Here are some snapshots from the top: