Leaving from Windy Ridge, climb to an incredible and one-of-a-kind view of the Crater Glacier. This is a VERY UNIQUE hike across the Pumice Plain and off-trail into the restricted area. We hike toward the crater, immmersed in wildflowers and wildlife on the Pumice Plain, and end on a plateau with an awe-inspiring, up-close view of the crater, both lava domes, and the glacier. Views to the north include Johnston Ridge, Spirit Lake, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry, Mt. Adams and Goat Rocks Wilderness, and Mt. Rainier!
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Hike Description: From our meeting place at Windy Ridge Viewpoint, we will descend the Truman trail (#207) and down to the Pumice Plain. We will follow through the heart of the blast zone along the Truman trail and then Willow Springs Trail (#207A), and connect with the Loowit Trail and short spur to Loowit Falls. We will then venture off-trail up a 2000 year old lava flow for 0.5 mile to our peak spot on a ridge with an amazing view of the crater and Crater Glacier. We will head back to Windy Ridge via the Loowit Trail (#216) and the Windy Trail (#216E).
Difficulty: Non-technical but strenuous scramble
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Length: 9 miles round-trip
Elevation gain: 1800 ft
Highest point: 5300 ft
Duration: Approximately 8 hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Pace: ~1-2 miles/hour with breaks
2017 Crater Glacier View Climbs
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