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Plains of Abraham
A southern Utah desert? The home of the elusive Sasquatch? A lunar landscape? No, it was the Plains of Abraham on the eastern flanks of Mt. St. Helens, a truly unique environment.
The 2 1/2 square-mile blast zone is a relatively flat area that lies at around 4,000 feet. As the crow flies, it’s only two miles from the summit of the mountain with front-row seat views of the Ape and Velson Glaciers.
Volcanic ash, lava bombs, pumice and a few small trees beginning to grow cover the landscape.
On a sunny, early October day I hiked the 4 1/2 mile Ape Canyon Trail to the Loowit (Round-the-Mountain) Trail where I headed north. Soon I was on the Plains of Abraham. What an impressive scene.
I continued on to a wonderful camping site near a natural springs. I marveled at the stark beauty of the environment. After all the tumultuous times of 2020, this was an outing I solely needed. Nature’s beauty is an amazing antidote to the ills of the world.
Lahar (remains of a mudflow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris and water) on Mt. St. Helens
Fellow hikers heading up to the Pains of Abraham