Subject: [Tweeters] South side Mt. St. Helens
Date: Jul 5 21:28:23 2009
From: Dave Hayden - dtvhm at

On Saturday, Sherry and I planned to hike the Siouxon Creek trail east of Amboy, but FR54 was washed out 3 miles down the road due to a massive landslide. So we back tracked to Hwy 503 and went to the south side of Mt. St. Helens. We found out that Lava Canyon was closed due to a bridge replacement, so we walked around at the Lahar Viewpoint. Butterflies were numerous. Seven species were noted, especially the Clodius Parnassian. Later we drove up to the Bivouac Camp and then drove further up the road towards Red Rock Pass, but found a good 1/2 mile of road washed out. To get to Red Rock Pass, McBride Lake, Blue Lake, and Sheep Canyon, you will have to use a jeep track easily passable with a 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicle, but not a passenger car.
We did manage to find a few birds in the area.

Turkey Vulture - 2 along Forest Road 54
Band-tailed Pigeon
Cassin's Finch
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Rufous Hummmingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Varied Thrush
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Dave Hayden
dtvhm AT
Centralia, WA