Since I haven't gotten any more responses on location, and since there hasn't been an outcry for car camping, I think Coldwater is the best option. (I checked out the Vanson area yesterday, and it's not very practical, and the areas around Rainier should still be very snow covered). Right now, I have a permit for 8 at Ridge Camp, which is mostly snow free, and has lots of hiking options in the area which are also snow free. (Maybe even as far back as some of the lakes behind Whittier, if we're lucky!) So the details are below. If you are a yes or most likely, let me know so we can expect you. If there is a last minute outcry for car camping, a desire to have a campfire, or something else, I'm not totally committed to MSH...
Date: Friday June 24 through Sunday the 26th. I have ridge camp reserved for both Friday and Saturday night so folks can come and go as they please.
Location: Mount St. Helens - Coldwater Ridge. Coldwater South TH - right off of 504, I think it's mile 43 (the next trailhead after Hummocks). Ridge camp is 3 miles in and 1000ft up from the trailhead.
Money: If you're parking, you just need a NWFP. Otherwise, there is no fee - we just need to coordinate the (free) permits.
What to bring:
Sorry, no dogs in MSH monument.
Kids are fine
Fires are prohibited, so if someone wants to bring a bush buddy, or 7...
Carpooling: I'd be happy to carpool up from Portland if people are interested. If you want to carpool, I'd post something to this effect, and we can try to cut down on cars.
Who's coming (so far):
Chris Morgan (Friday and Saturday)
(If you need any convincing, here's a shot from the ridge, from last night):