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Wendy Turns Around on the Devil's Elbow

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Updated March 23, 2013

Mt. St. Helens Devil's Elbow on Boundary Trail

Mt. St. Helens Devil's Elbow on Boundary Trail

Nona Litch © 2010
A family traverses a degraded portion of the Boundary Trail at the Devil's Elbow. I am the hiker in the green jacket. The photographer was far more bold than I. I didn't like the unstable gravel surface and a couple of short, steep ups and downs. You can see the white scar on the mountain side that shows fresh erosion.

There are old hikers and there are bold hikers, but are there any old, bold hikers?

I decided that I was no longer spry-enough and bold-enough to risk sliding 1000 feet down the face of the cliff. The helicopter rescue would be most embarrassing.

From here, our photographer Nona Litch continued boldly on to viewpoints of Spirit Lake and the Harry's Ridge Trail. I returned to the Johnston Ridge Observatory to enjoy the ranger talks.

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