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“Good hike AFTER seeing the visitor center and observatory”
Review of Hummocks Trail

Hummocks Trail
Reviewed June 22, 2017

This is a relatively easy hike...not too strenuous. The parking lot for the trailhead is right on the scenic highway. Because there were no real "wow" moments, I would suggest going to the visitor center and observatory first to get all of your Mt. St. Helens info, and then do the hike if you have time/daylight.

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Reviewed May 29, 2017

This is one of the better hikes that I have taken in both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. It is a 2.5 mile loop that isn't too steep either going up or down. Along the way, you will pass through different habitats ranging from deciduous forest to open grassland to marsh/wetland. The views of the mountain and Toutle river are gorgeous and you can cover it all in about an hour.

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Reviewed September 12, 2016

We walked Hummocks after hearing a talk at the main center ....really helped with knowing what we were looking at. It was a very hot day and we were glad that we had water. I would say this trail was easy but longer than I expected. I am 63 and had no trouble even with a grouchy knee. Enjoy!

4  Thank retiredsmile
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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Went through this trail today with a 5 and 3 yr old. Our 3 yr old rode in the hiking backpack almost the whole way. Would have been a bit much for her, especially up and down some of the steeper inclines. Our son did amazing and did not complain once! Pretty easy 2 1/2 mile loop that give you the option of circling back after 1/2 mile. Some really pretty views, would definitely do again!

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Reviewed September 5, 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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