With all the Covid and Isolation over the past 18 months, I decided to not even try for a St. Helens climbing permit in April. Recently I discovered that the Mt St Helens Institute offered reasonably priced weekend climbs including the permit! We climbed the summer Monitor Ridge route with a 6:30am start from Climbers Bivouac.
2 Miles in from trailhead, end of the treeline.
Looking north across the crater.
Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in the back round.