Scout Patrol Peak & Little Saint Helens

SPP: 4,693ft LSH: 4,582ft

10m 2,100ft gain

Two fun mountains on the south side of I-90 that receive little attention. A trip to either peak starts at the Hansen Creek trailhead after 5 miles on a nice gravel road. To reach each summit you’ll hike along old logging roads, some of which were turned into single track. Little Saint Helens is also a great winter hike.

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1st Trip: 9/2/18

Solo Sunday hike while summer was still kicking. Was going to start with Little Saint Helens but the trail was overgrown and wet. So I started off on the logging road toward Scout Patrol Peak. The road ends at the talus field just below the summit.

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The obscure summit has some trees on top but if you hike around you can find a clear view in about every direction. Great opportunity to scout peaks!

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From there I took a logging road to the Hansen Ridge trail which gradually wraps around the north side of Little Saint Helens and up onto the long ridge top.

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There were lots of pretty fireweed and big views of Rainier and the stone kingdom!

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On the return to the trailhead I shaved a mile or two boulder hoping down this talus field. I loved the views and the new trail system even though it’s a bit rough in places.

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2nd Trip: 12/6/18

Came back for a winter sunset hike with Ellie and Moose!

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The snow made the trail easier to walk on and it made someone go nuts per usual.

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Definitely better with snow and our new 4×4 Dodge Ram, Big Marge!

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2 thoughts on “Scout Patrol Peak & Little Saint Helens

  1. The moose action shots are wonderful. Big Marge is a beauty, RAM tough mother effer.

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