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.

Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in the backround.