Epic hike- Coldwater Peak, Mt. St. Helens

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I missed my training run this past weekend, but only because I was going on an amazing and epic hike.

We went on an all day hike that starting at Mt. St. Helen’s Johnston Ridge Observatory.

The hike was long and challenging, but very pretty. Our only regret is that the clouds had closed around Coldwater Peak by the time we got to the top.

Strangely enough, because of the clouds, we never did catch a glimpse of Mount St. Helens. But we did get to see all the devastation from the eruption… And how much it has started to grow back since then.

To make up for my missed training run, I did powerwalk up the last 3/4 mile from the trail turn off to the top of the peak. So. Many. Switchbacks. Needless to say, it was quite difficult.

Distance: 13.5 miles
Total climbing: Approx 2,100 feet

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