On September 4th, 2018, Laura and I headed out to tackle the Monitor Ridge trail on Mount St. Helens south side. The trail leads up to the summit ridge which can been seen in more details in the video above.

To do this hike, we had to purchase a permit from the Mount St. Helens Institute website. I would like to point out that these permits get released once a year and sell out very quickly! If you are going to try and hike the trail you will need to plan ahead.

After the hike, we chose to camp at the Climbers Bivouac. The bivouac is a base camp persay at the start of the trail. Our bodies were quite fatigued after the hike so it felt like the right decision. More details on the Climbers Bivouac can be found at the USDA Gifford Pinchot National Forest page. There are two drop toilets with toilet paper at the bivouac but there in no running water so make sure you bring enough if you choose to camp.

I hope you enjoy the video summery of our hike. If you like the video give it a thumbs up and consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. Feel free to leave any comments or questions below or on the YouTube.

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I’m an outdoorsy kinda guy! Love over packing my golden backpack full of just incase “Boy Scout” things, hopping on my steed and riding wherever my impulses guide me. Some days I end up a few blocks from home, while others I end up further than I ever imagined. Behind all of it, a desire to see, hear, taste, smell and touch this planet. It’s such a vibrant beautiful place that my desire to witness and experience everything and anything that comes across my path, is painfully addicting. My name is Ben and I’m an addict! Im a junkie for exploring life and all its offerings!


  1. Comment by AH

    AH 2019-01-01 at 07:09

    This video is remarkable! So happy you and Laura shared your experience at MSH. What a thrill. Looking forward to more BENG

  2. Comment by Ben

    Ben 2019-01-01 at 17:18

    Thanks AH!!! Happy New Year!!! I added a few other things to the post but the video is the same. Feel free to check out my YouTube Channel as I will be posting more videos there and may not always have time to repost them here.

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