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Sunday hike at Mt St Helens

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Tilman Paulin, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    We went to Mt St Helens again on Sunday. It's a bit of a drive for us to get there, but it always impresses...

    The eruption in 1980 took about 1500 feet off the mountain, creating a huge debris avalanche. Since then there was additional volcanic activity resulting in two "small" new domes on the inside of the crater.


    21402917415_00584a4e99_b. Mt St Helens by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21463177211_bdb7047355_b. Mt St Helens hike by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21429803066_4ce37a9f5c_h. Mt St Helens by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21430075796_9f036fde6d_b. Mt St Helens hike by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    In this one you can just about see Mt Hood - a bit to the left of the base of Mt St Helens. The closer mountain on the left is Mt Adams.

    21267515100_84b624e22f_h. on Harrys Ridge by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    20833666604_8f882e4b5c_b. Mt St Helens hike by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21430151966_344ba06c32_b. Mt St Helens hike by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    In the middle of the crater you can see the two new domes - one behind the other:

    21278328140_b609d978ea_h. Mt St Helens by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21456401865_58f0055482_c. small mountain lupines by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    21269713329_a3a9cc02b9_k. farewell Mt St Helens :) by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    Coldwater Creek gives you an interesting cross section of the new landscape - and what's buried underneath:

    21278724498_234782d2cb_b. Coldwater Creek by tilman paulin, on Flickr
     
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  2. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Great pictures. We were there right after they re-opened the roads and everything was dead and it was so surrealistic. Right after that we stayed in Portland with a friend who's car's finish was ruined from the ash fall. Thank you for sharing your pictures.
     
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  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Seems like a nice hike!
     
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  4. durandh

    durandh New to Mu-43

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    Mar 12, 2013
    Very nice images. If you aren't familiar with them you should look at Frank Gohlke's images of Mount Saint Helens taken in 1982 very soon after an erruption. They provide an interesting "contrast" to your photographs
     
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  5. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks David! Must have been quite the eerie experience to visit back then (let alone being directly affected by the event one way or the other...!).


    It was! When we visited two years ago we were at the right time for the wild strawberries. The smell was tantalizing :)
     
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  6. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks for pointing me towards Frank Gohlke's work! I wasn't familiar with it - fascinating photographs, I think I might buy his book :)
     
  7. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    We heard loud explosions here, 160mi/260km away!
     
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  8. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Those "stumps" are interesting : were they big trees originally?
    Or rock extrusions?
    Hard to tell.
     
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  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Haven't been there in 20 years. Still so barren. Thanks for the pics.
     
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  10. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    the mountain lupines is my fave, but the whole set is beautiful
     
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  11. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    They are tree stumps. In my 5th photo ("on Harrys Ridge") you can make out some bright 'areas' at the shoreline of Spirit Lake (especially at the left edge of the photo).
    Those are thousands of trees that were swept into Spirit Lake by the blast wave of the eruption.
     
  12. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    When we were there the trees were still floating on the surface, some many trees.
     
  13. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    They're still in there, in a "side arm" that we couldn't see from where we were.
    If you look for "Spirit Lake, Skamania County, WA" in google-maps and change to 'satellite view' you get a good picture of how many trees there still are :eek-31:

    (there's some surface-photos close to the tree covered lake surface too...)