Day three is the drive home day which leaves us a short ride option. We wanted to stay away from the Moto trails and were told by one of the guys we saw on Ape Canyon that Norway Pass off Hwy 99 is a nice out and back with great views of Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake. So that’s what we did!
The Norway Pass trailhead off Hwy 26 which is also where the Boundary trail to Bear Meadows starts.
The volvo glistening in the mid morning sun.
Our day was 7.5km, 275m of climbing in 2 and a half hours.
The trail starts climbing through the trees that are coming back quite thick after almost 30 years since the blast.
Climb Climb Climb.
Always up through the gullies that showed varying degrees of devastation since there was snow on the ground when the Volcano blew protecting some of the younger trees.
Trevor nearing the top.
View of Meta Lake and Hwy 99. This forest survived the blast since it was under snow on that fateful day.
At the top of Norway Pass heading towards Independance Pass you have a great view of Spirit Lake and Mt. St. Helens.
and time for raaaannnniiiiieeerrr beeeeeeeeeer.
Not a bad place to hang out for awhile.
Riding back down Norway Pass.
There was a crushed metal canistor near where I took this picture… probably a victim of the blast.
Back down the lush section of Norway Pass that didn’t avoid all the turmoil as this tree is falling over the trail.
Coming around the corner.
Back at our campsite we go for a dip in Cispus River to clean up before our 5 hour drive back to Vancouver.
Google Earth Image of Norway Pass in Green. The Red track is from the Ape Canyon ride yesterday.
google earth is cool.
Map of the area from the guide