Norway Pass at St. Helens Overnight

  • July 13, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Access roads to the east side of Mt. St. Helens opened July 4th weekend, just in time for wildflower blooms. Let's hike Norway Pass to the viewpoints overlooking spirit lake to photograph sunset.

In the morning, we can stop by Iron Creek Falls to shoot a pretty falls about 500 feet off FR 25, just before the turnoff to Windy Ridge.

 

Hike Stats:

Roundtrip 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain 300 ft
Highest Point 4500 ft

Detailed trail info here: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/hikes/norway-pass

 

Photos of the area and some of the wildflowers we may find:

 

Waterfall directions:

From the town of Randle, follow FR 25 south towards Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (Windy Ridge) for 19 miles to the signed trailhead on the left (east) side of the road. Park and follow the short trail to the base of the falls in a few hundred feet.

http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=5257

 

Camping:

Since sunset is so late this time of year, I've reserved a campsite to avoid arriving back at 4am. The campsite at Iron Creek Campground  accommodates 2 cars and 6 people (in tents). The plan is to arrive early enough to set up camp and make a meal before we head off to the Norway Pass trail head. There is a restroom nearby and potable water. Cost for the site is $29.00 to split among us ($10 more for the second car). There is usually enough room for 2-3 tents in a spot, so try to share tents.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=31310&actid=50

 

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General trip planning info:

~Headlamps or flashlights required

~There will be a 15 minute courtesy wait at the park & ride while we arrange carpools

~Please have cash on hand to split gas and other traveling costs with your carpool.

~Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing for day and evening temps. It gets COLD as the sun sets even if it was hot mid-day, especially at higher elevations.

~10 essentials required

~Mosquito season - bring plenty of repellent!

~Last time I visited, only a NW forest pass was required per car, but it is now possible each person will need to pay $8 entry fee if you do not own either an America the Beautiful pass or NW Forest Pass per person. More info here: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/passes/passes-and-permit-info/what-pass-do-i-need-faq

~In order to reduce travel time, please have all your equipment, gas, and food purchases taken care of before arriving at the Park and Ride

 

Are you joining us for the first time? New to hiking or camping?

To help set expectations, as well as promote a safe and enjoyable trip for all, please read the following link: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-522/pages/Be_safe%2C_be_prepared/

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  • Scot

    Did we just miss the wildflowers or had they not fully started yet? I wasn't sure which. But the view from the trail was sure nice.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Nitin K.

      Really? I thought they would be dead by now..good to know..

      July 15, 2013

    • Deborah

      shaded areas even had glacier lilies

      July 15, 2013

  • Aman A.

    Some bad light this time. But that's part and parcel of photography obviously.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Chrisf

      Chrisf
      Funny, I thought it was the "contrast." Lol

      Like · just now

      July 14, 2013

  • Aman A.

    Hi. I was wondering if I could carpool with someone? I've not done much hiking before (some Columbia River Gorge, Palouse Falls and nearby area, Rattlesnake too). This looks fairly easy (said "good for kids") - but I just wanted to make sure if someone who's been there could corroborate. Also, what about Iron Creek Falls?

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Chrisf

      Funny, I thought it was the "contrast." Lol

      July 14, 2013

  • Aman A.

    Where's everyone?

    July 13, 2013

    • Deborah

      I'm here. Tripod is I too of my car

      July 13, 2013

    • Aman A.

      Can't see. Near the school bus. Red jacket. :-(

      July 13, 2013

  • K

    With so much interest (filled up right away!), what do you think about getting another campsite?

    July 7, 2013

    • Scot

      I have Monday off so I am thinking about going Fr Sunday's sunset if there isn't enough room on the trail.

      July 7, 2013

    • K

      Gotcha. I'll look forward to seeing the photos then :)

      July 12, 2013

  • Sofia

    Hey guys, I'm looking forward to the trip and meeting you all! I'm just wondering if we know who is driving yet, and how many tents we'll be bringing. I have one that sleeps 2 comfortably! But only if both don't snore! :)

    July 10, 2013

    • Nellie

      I would like to carpool as well as I would prefer not to drive and am terrible with directions. I assume we would have two cars going and I was told that there were only two tents allowed per campsite, but I guess we could get additional campsites. I also assume that meeting at the Northgate Transit Center Park and Ride tomorrow at 11 am is still on and that we could safely leave our car there overnight.

      July 12, 2013

    • Deborah

      We'll have to see how many tents fit a space, but usually it's 2-3 small tents. There were more campsites available if we don't all fit in the reserved site. I have a tent to share with another female, or I can sleep in the car if the tent situation gets cramped. I'm assuming the guys will have two tents to set up as well, so 4 tents total unless one of the women want to share a tent with one of the guys, then we'll need 3 tents total. I think I saw that Chris has two tents, Sofia has a tent, I have a tent and there may be one other. We're set. Lets figure the sharing part out at the P&R tomorrow.

      July 12, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hey everyone, no worries about carpools. We have enough volunteers to get everyone where we need to be and can finalize at the P&R tomorrow. So far there hasn't been any issue at any SHP meetup with car break-ins, but it is always at your risk to leave a car overnight. Maybe I'm being too cautious, but lets discuss details of carpool tomorrow and not on this public forum. :-)

    July 12, 2013

  • Nitin K.

    I'll meet you guys there.

    July 9, 2013

    • Deborah

      Hey everyone, sorry the group size is small, but please do not sow up if you do not have an RSVP.

      July 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    No problem - we'll take just two cars down and split the travel costs. The hike total elevation gain is 300 feet from trailhead to turn-around, but it goes up and down so it will be more than that. We'll likely hike a slower pace with everyone stopping to photograph. You can follow the link above for more info about the falls.

    July 6, 2013

    • Aman A.

      I did. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't too bad - so I wouldn't slow anyone down. But this seems ok...

      July 7, 2013

    • Deborah

      Yeah, I've spent the last two years sedentary and studying so you won't be slowing me down... :-)

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Yikes, I was way too slow on the draw for this one. Looks like it'll be a blast -- have fun!

    July 7, 2013

  • Douglas D.

    Wish I could go, still recovering from rotator-cuff surgery.

    July 7, 2013

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