Birth of a Lake Loop Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Pretty. Nice place to have lunch.
This trail is short, but extremely family/stroller friendly. It's quiet since no gas powered boats are allowed on the lake. nice view of Mt. St. Hellens as well. Great place to have a picnic when up on the mountain.
For it's length, this trail has some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen. The last 1/4 mile or so is on a boardwalk that stretches out into the lake and offers amazing vistas of the surrounding peaks and Mt. St. Helens. Lots of eruption debris is still in the water, but the water is crystal clear and on a clear day, clouds reflect nicely in its surface. The lake was created when the eruption occurred on May 18, 1980. As other lakes were all but destroyed, this one formed as a new site for nature to recover and display glorious colors in all seasons. If you are visiting the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, this trail is a must-see. Only downside? No pets allowed, which is the case in all National Parks.