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“Don’t expect to learn what a hummock is on any of the interpretive signs on the Hummocks Trail, so I will tell you”
Review of Hummocks Trail

Hummocks Trail
Reviewed 5 September 2016

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.

1  Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

We visited Mt. St. Helens while the road was still closed at the Hummocks until the summer season. We used the Hummocks Trail the connect to Boundary Trail to hike all the way to Johnston Observatory. We'd recommend this experience even when the road is open. Slowly traversing the landscape was a much better way to appreciate the environment & the up close details you miss from the car. Seeing a toad & a garter snake eke out a living deep in the still recovering blast zone was really cool. Also getting Johnston Observatory all to ourselves, mere weeks before it will be open to hoards of tourists, was really unique. The hummocks, and their formation, is definitely worth the short hike here but why not make it an all day affair and really get to know St. Helens up close & personal?

1  Thank TheSpeis
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Very easy trail, great for small children. Essentially flat, with an easy turn around spot if the full loop is too long for you. The sites are fairly mediocre. If you have the skill for a more difficult trail, I wouldn't recommend spending your time on this one.

1  Thank MrsAJG1111
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

An easy-to-modest walking trail among ponds and young forest (under 31 years since the eruption), affording excellent birding habitats.

3  Thank PhotoJohn3
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Spent a great morning exploring the trails near Mt. St. Helens during the American Volkssporting Association National Convention Walk on Hummocks Trail and at the nearby lake. Breathtaking views of the mountain, and the trails give you and up-close look at the results of the eruption and aftermath 35 years later.

1  Thank johnmc82
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