This was a hike I took with guidebook author Craig Romano as he continues to research the Mt Saint Helens area for an upcoming book. This time we hiked the Smith Creek Butte trail on the east side of the mountain. There is not much info about Smith Creek Butte available on the internet, or elsewhere for that matter. Craig had heard through a reliable source that the trail still existed, but specifics were hard to come by so this would be somewhat of an exporatory mission.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. For specific trail information and driving directions... well, you'll just have to wait for Craig's book for that.
We found the summit pictured above but it was very overgrown. I found the weird wooden boxy looking thing at the right-center of the image, just to the right of the tripod. There were also some foundation blocks (also pictured just to the right of tripod and under boxy thing) that we assumed were from a long gone lookout. If you find your interest in this peak is piqued (see what I did there?) and decide to find this trail on your own, exercise extreme caution when fording the Muddy River. It can be quite swift. We crossed it in a very dry October and it still came to just above my knees.
Sorry, no GPS map on this posting. For logistical information, you'll need to contact the forest service or wait for Mr Romano's book which will hopefully be out soon.