A hummock is a steep-sided hill that used to be part of the peak of Mount St. Helens. The hummocks were created in the valley of the North Fork Toutle River where the landslide that followed the volcano eruption deposited portions of the former peak.
This hike is fantastically beautiful! It is a 2.4 mile loop trail that meanders up hill and down dale through hummocks, young alder forests, ponds, and wetlands. The wild flowers were beautiful and there were 5-foot tall foxgloves growing everywhere!
When you arrive at the trailhead, a sign informs you that there are numbered posts along the length of the trail that correspond to an informational brochure describing what you are to see. And the brochures are available in a box at the trailhead—which was empty when we arrived—or at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. So, if you are going to do this hike after visiting the Observatory, be sure to get a brochure there before venturing on. Maybe the brochure explains what a hummock is.
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