Have you hiked both Table Mountain (in Oregon, USA) and Mt. St. Helens?
July 5, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
Have you hiked both Table Mountain (in Oregon, USA) and Mt. St. Helens? How much more difficult was Mt. St. Helens?
posted by jeb to sports, hobbies, & recreation (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A couple friends of mine are planning on hiking up Mt. St. Helens at the end of July. I'm trying to determine what "strenuous" means from the information on the internet. Yesterday, I hiked up Table Mountain via the route where you start at the Hot Springs resort, and then go past that little pond, and then make a right up the "Heartbreak Ridge" trail, which is insanely steep. We came back the same way we went up. I think at some point we were on the PCT, but we didn't go the loop way where you go over to the PCT and through some ecologically-fragile meadows and stuff.
I found this to be a pretty difficult hike, as I'm in more or less decrepit physical condition. Also, the guidebook we had had labeled this hike at something like 7 miles, but RunKeeper showed it as about 12 by the time we were finished, so maybe we went the wrong way at some point.
We had been using as a ballpark that the MSH hike would be about 2x more strenuous than this Table Mountain hike, in which case, I don't want to do it. That sounds too difficult to be fun to me. However, if it was, say, less than 20% more difficult, I'd do it. I just can't figure out how hard it really is.
I think the plan on Mt. St. Helens is to start from some campsite, possibly called Climber's Bivouac, and then it's an out-and-back trail, home the same day you left.