Little St. Helens
ElevationAscent: 1,090' 332 m
Descent: -1,090' -332 m
High: 4,493' 1,370 m
Low: 3,421' 1,043 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A wonderful route with amazing 360 views, wildflowers and very few hikers.”— Gerhard Holtzendorf
Continue along the Carter Creek Trail for about a third-of-a-mile until the switchbacks level off and the trail turns to the south (right). Turn to the left instead, and cross over a nondescript berm onto the decommissioned NF 810 road. Follow the road around the ridge for short distance, until the gradual climb leads to a saddle. Hikeers may wish to turn around here, as the actual summit ahead is a clump of trees that is hard to get to.
Either way, enjoy the expansive views before heading back to the trailhead the way you came. Alternatively, to make the hike more of a loop, it's possible to follow the rest of the Hansen Ridge Trail to the south where it ends on the Hansen Ridge Road Connector that will also lead back to the parking area.
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office
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