|Peak:||Mt. Helen (13er)|
|Date of Information:||05/05/2012|
My friend and I climbed Dyer Straits on perfect snow yesterday. Start early as this route gets sun very early. As we were exiting the snow was just getting a bit too soft on top. Also climbed the west ridge to Helen and back to the truck. Really fun loop. From the highpoint on the ridge the scrambling seemed to get harder and there was more of it. It might be easier to travel east to west instead of west to east like we did because you would be scrambling up. We did end up making some class 4 moves in places. The descent off of Helen is ridiculous. Something like 2000 ft over one mile for us. We probably stayed too far south hoping to end up back at the truck. Descend/ascend more to the north for (I‘m assuming) easier hiking. Good luck.