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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009

Rip & Go: Loowit Trail - Mt. St. Helens National Monument, WA

Tackle a challenging, rocky route in the shadow of America's most famous volcano.

by: Adrienne Saia Isaac

Lupin-filled view of the Summit Crater (Tomas Kaspar)
Lupin-filled view of the Summit Crater (Tomas Kaspar)

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On The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Bagel and hummus
Dinner 1
St. Helens Meat 'n Potatoes
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Muesli with milk
Dinner 2
Explorer's Enchilada
Granola bars, jerky, cheese

St. Helens Meat 'n Potatoes
Carbs to fuel a big day

2/3 cup potato flakes
3/4 cup dehydrated milk
1 tablespoon dried onions
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons butter
4.5 ounces dried beef

Put dry ingredients (except milk) in a zip-top bag. Boil 1 1/4 cups water. Pour into the bag and knead. Let sit for six minutes. Melt butter in pan, add rehydrated milk and beef. Stir until thick. Serve on potatoes.

Explorer's Enchilada
Add heat with this saucy south-of-the-border meal.

2 flour tortillas
1 packet Lawry's enchilada sauce
1 box Mexican rice
3-ounce pouch cooked chicken
1 tablespoon dried onions
8 ounces cheddar cheese
2 packets hot sauce

Cook rice, according to directions. Heat the enchilada sauce, dried onions, and chicken in a smaller pot. Fill the tortillas with the rehydrated rice, cheese, and enchilada sauce mixture.

The Grocery List (Aisle Number in Nearest Store Below)

2 Tbs. butter (2)
12 oz. cheddar (2)
4 oz. beef jerky (9)
1 box granola bars (11)
3 C. muesli (12)
2 C. powdered milk (12)
2 Tbs. dried onions (12)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (12)
4.5-oz. pack dried beef (13)
3-oz. pack precooked chicken (13)
1 pack potato flakes (13)
1 pack tortillas (14)
enchilada sauce (14)
1 box Goya Mexican style rice (14)
2 hot sauce packs (14) 4 bagels (bakery)
6 oz. hummus (deli)

Nearest Grocery Store

1725 Pacific Ave., Woodland, WA
(360) 225-4370

Pit Stop
Pull into the Backwoods Café, right outside the park entrance, for their 22-ounce rib eye. Too much? Go for the Logger Stew, a beef and veggie soup served in a sourdough bread bowl. (360) 255-1980;

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Oct 07, 2012

Exactly what I wanted to know. St Helens is on the list for backpacking trips next summer, but the Nat Geo map bought at REI doesn't show camp spots of any kind, so I didn't know if camping was allowed...

Nov 17, 2009

re: ape canyon and its' residents.
yes, they most definitely exist. i have heard one scream and it will chill the blood in your veins. but they are mostly harmless. go to the bfro website ( and read a few of the sighting reports. very interesting stuff.


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