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McClellan Viewpoint northwest of Oldman Pass provides a picture-perfect perspective of Mt. St. Helens. Well, it would have if the clouds has lifted.
Interestingly enough this is the same Major-General George McClellan who was eventually fired by President Lincoln in the Civil War for not taking the fight to the enemy.
Prior to Civil War, McClellan was an explorer/surveyor in the Pacific Northwest. For those of you with a history bent, McClellan wasn’t particularly good at surveying either.
In any event, on n a mid-June, somewhat cloudy day, I took a drive over Oldman Pass north of Carson. It’s paved, rises to 3,000’ and goes over the divide between the Wind and Lewis River Drainages.
I had originally planned to hike in the Trapper Creek Wilderness north of Carson, but the access road to the north side of the Wilderness was closed.
After driving over the Pass, I stopped by the Ape Canyon Trailhead on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. But, the clouds had still not lifted.
Then it was off to the Cedar Creek covered bridge and historical grist mill. Nearby, I have caught many steelhead and spring chinook salmon in days gone past.
Lupine and Beargrass
Memories of McClellan